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70 exclusive designer projects Issue 11
On-trend tassels – get the look!
spiration for ALL levels of jewellery n i d n a s a e making and beadcrafts Id
Make beautiful beaded pearls tonight!
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Master essential techniques with our simple step-by-step guides
THE NEXT BIGTHING
THIS MONTH'S MUST-HAVE!
Discover chunky cotton pearls
Try something totally different
Great effects in minutes
Create a sensation with seed beads
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Chain maille, lampwork, birthstone jewellery, and much more!
Inspire Imagine Create
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65 “I love the deconstructed chain maille in this unusual necklace, softened by the feminine pink crystals and shimmering glass pearls”
hello... ... and welcome to Issue 11 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. I hope 2011 has got off to a ﬂying start for everyone – our designers have certainly been busy and have begun the year as they mean to go on with exciting projects and fresh ideas galore! So if you haven’t yet fulﬁlled a New Year’s resolution to try something new or challenge yourself, don’t worry. We’ve got so many suggestions this issue you’ll be spoilt for choice. Stephie Hall demonstrates the versatility of suede on page 40 with three totally different designs, guaranteed to make you think twice about this fantastic but often under-used material. Su Pennick has ventured further off the beaten track on page 44 as she introduces a brilliant technique for producing charms and pendants with a great metal-plate look, using craft foil and paper! Emma Gordon’s pretty chain maille necklet on page 52 uses the surprisingly simple European 4-in-1 weave and gives a lovely delicate ﬁnish for those put off by heavier chain effects. And if you imagine enamelling your own jewellery pieces requires expensive kilns and plenty of experience, you’ll be amazed by Jenny Williams’s feature on page 72. Using low-temperature enamelling powders, which can be heated in any domestic oven, she creates beautiful colour layers and textures in a matter of minutes. Judith Hannington has cooked up some very pretty glass pendants on page 86 using ﬁbre paper and paints, while Julie Fountain’s wonderful lampwork heart beads on page 28 incorporate silver leaf, wire and mesh to give gorgeous frosted highlights.
EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistants – Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington Art Editor – Roy Birch Sub-Editors – Justine Moran, Becky Higgins Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Juliet Browse, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Kate Eldridge, Julie Fountain, Emma Gordon, Gemma Gray, Stephie Hall, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Ruth Hughes, Becci Jennings, Sandy Kidulis, Jo Lochhead, Donna McKean Smith, Su Pennick, Amanda Pickstock, Anna Weller, Jenny Williams, Debbie Wood
Whilst every care is taken in the writing, research and preparation of this magazine, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors in articles or advertisements, or for the contents of websites reviewed. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. All copyrights and trademarks are acknowledged.
If you’re relatively new to jewellery making, there are plenty of beginner-friendly projects this issue to help you on your way, from Ruth Hughes’s simple-but-stunning pearl stringing on page 78 to incorporating innovative seed bead loops on page 36 and insider tricks for easy knotting on page 39. Juliet Browse has her ﬁngers on the fashion pulse on page 22 with cool, contemporary tasselled effects using lengths of chain, and we defy anyone not to love Jo Lochhead’s fabulous explosion of shimmering seed beads on page 68, or the giant semi-matte cotton pearls featured in Sandy Kidulis’s galactic creations on page 48. Happy beading!
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What’s inside this issue of 18 TUDOR ROSE
22 STEAL THE LOOK
Master this wonderful weaving technique to totally transform plain beads and pearls
STEP BY STEP
WIN! WIN! WIN!
70 inspirational designer projects, all in easy-to-follow step-by-step format
We have a host of unmissable beading and jewellery-making prizes up for grabs this issue
40 SOFT FOCUS
72 POWDER KEG
Knot it, wrap it, weave it... try something different with suede for that irresistible feel
Achieve brilliant colours and textures with our guide to unbelievably easy enamelling
48 SPACE AGE STYLE
68 A TOUCH OF FROST
These giant semi-matte cotton pearls and chunky metallic ‘rocks’ are out of this world!
An explosion of glittering seed beads and more to sparkle through winter and beyond
30 Bead Doctor
& Shopping Guides Indulge in a little retail therapy
We take a look at what’s new in the world of jewellery and beads
10 Readers’ Letters
Your ideas, views and top tips
This issue we have fabulous craft lamps and beading stash to give away!
£££s worth of products up for grabs
Try cool chain or quirky charms knotted onto cord for tasselled effects straight from the shows
All your questions answered
42&70 Designer Galleries
We showcase readers’ top creations – plus how to get your work on our pages
56 The Bead Challenge
Our three talented designers put their creativity to the test
66 Subscription Offer
Subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery and claim your free gift worth £34.99!
84 What’s On
Don’t miss out on the hottest jewellery shows and class dates this season
90 Techniques Glossary
Master the basic techniques with our step-by-step guides
92 Findings Glossary
Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making
94 Tools Glossary
The lowdown on all the tools of the trade
98 Coming Next Issue
A peek at what’s coming up in Issue 12
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12 Wear With Attitude
Turn classic pearls into a fashion statement by teaming them up with antique chain and metal charms
18 Tudor Queen
Create elegant embellished beads ﬁt for a royal court with a few easy-tofollow needle weaving techniques
22 Swinging The Blues
Bring tassels bang up-to-the-minute using chain, or knotted cord and charms for a cool, everyday style
36 Shooting Hoops
Combine these pretty seed bead hoops with gorgeous lampwork and other glass beads to fabulous effect
39 Tied Up In Knots
This delicate amethyst and pearl necklace uses pure silk thread and a clever knotting tool for a lovely feminine feel
40 The Secrets Of Suede
Wonderfully tactile and versatile, suede isn’t just for student styles or hippy looks, as Stephie Hall demonstrates
64 Shimmer & Shine
Mix chunky chain links and rings with glimmering pearls and sparkling crystals for a contemporary feminine look
68 Frosted Lavender
This bracelet glitters silver and purple under the light, making it a perfect statement piece for day or evening wear
72 Nature’s Bounty
Check out low-temperature enamelling powders – a quick and budget-friendly way of attaining fantastic colours and textures on your pendants
78 Pink Champagne
26 Green Goddess
Right on trend in soft pink with the shimmer of aurora borealis, this set is ideal for novices or those short on time
Want a fresh look fast? Gemma Gray uses simple stringing techniques to create a striking emerald necklace
83 Forget Me Not
This oh-so-pretty bracelet combines lovely layered ﬂowers with enough movement and sparkle to bring it to life
44 Travelling Light
Create a striking metal-plate effect using paper and foil for a lightweight alternative you can achieve in minutes
28 Fire & Îce
48 Into The Cosmos
32 Birthstones – Amethyst
52 Femme Fatale
These gorgeous silver-frosted pendants are completely individual and work in a whole kaleidoscope of colours
We continue our series on birthstone jewellery by taking a closer look at glittering purple amethyst
Give a galactic feel to your jewellery with chunky metallic-look nuggets and giant cotton pearls, made from coated papier mâché for a lovely semi-matte ﬁnish Create interesting shapes with the lovely European 4-in-1 chain maille weave, set off perfectly with pretty gemstone drops
86 Painting & Decorating
Use ﬁbre paper and paint to create wonderful shapes and colours in your glass pendants with minimal fuss
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NEW? Sit back and relax as we bring you the latest from the world of jewellery making
IT’S GREAT UP NORTH! The Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza is a ﬁrm favourite in the craft show calendar, attracting several thousand dedicated papercrafters, cardmakers and scrapbookers. The 2011 event takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate on 19th-20th March from 10am-4.30pm. With over 40 of the leading papercraft companies all under the same roof for two special days you can shop till you drop, enjoy live demonstrations, see the latest techniques in action and feast your eyes on an array of inspirational
ideas using new crafting essentials. For visitors keen to learn more there are breakfast workshops before the show, where you can spend an hour in the company of some of the UK’s ﬁnest craft experts and create something fabulous to take home. On Sunday fun and laughter are the order of the day at Ready, Steady Craft, where you can watch craft ingredients whipped up into gourmet dishes by your favourite crafting divas, then vote for your favourite. Enter the free prize draw for your chance to win a bumper collection of crafting supplies, and you can even enjoy free car parking.
Advance tickets are £4.50 for adults or £8.50 for a weekend pass; children under 16 go free. Advance group bookings for parties of 10 or more cost £3 per person. Buy your advanced tickets for the show or book your seat at one of the breakfast workshops by going to www.craftworkcards.co.uk or calling 0113 287 7794 We have five pairs of weekend passes to give away, so for your chance to win a set send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J11 Great Northern Weekend Pass Pair giveaway, Craftwork Cards, Units 6-8 Willow Court, Lotherton Way, Garforth, Leeds LS25 2GB to arrive by 17th February 2011
WILD HEARTS This super-stylish necklace and earring set is available in kit form from JillyBeads, priced at £9.95. Incorporating the brand-new heart shape from Swarovski Elements, the Wild Heart is available in a wide selection of colour options, so check out the website for this and other kit designs. Go to www.jillybeads.com or call 01524 412728 for more details
URBAN BEAUTIFUL Pay a visit to www.e-beads.co.uk to see the fabulous selection of Nunn Design products available. Create quick and easy pieces using this collection, which includes pendant settings and imagery, sealants, glues and more. E-Beads has again teamed up with Swarovski to repeat last year’s successful European Design Competition. The 2010 Boudoir Beautiful theme went down a storm, with over 250 entries from across the world – and this year’s Urban Beautiful competition, based on the inspiring and powerful concept of the urban jungle, is set to be even more popular. The winner will not only design a
piece for Create Your Style Magazine 2011 but will also be invited to the October Swarovski launch event in London. This is a fabulous chance for designers to give expression to their creative talents and inspiration, and gain exposure and recognition for their work. The competition will open mid-February with a deadline of 31st May ensuring your project is in time for the online vote, so get creating! For more information on the competition rules and prizes go to www.urbanbeautiful.com. Check out the jewellery and beading products available from E-Beads by visiting www.e-beads.co.uk (020 7367 6217)
We have five Wild Hearts necklace and earring sets to give away, so for your chance to win one, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J11 Wild Hearts, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th February 2011
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NEWS BOOK BY LILI HOTTING UP These lovely new charms now available from Globaholic make a perfect addition to any project. Forget the cold and look ahead to spring blossom and long summer days with this charming selection of styles and designs including bumble bees, ﬂowers, birdhouses and butterﬂies. Guaranteed to put the shine in your jewellery pieces! Head over to www.globaholic.com for a closer look
Take a look at this fabulous new release from Beads by Lili! Lili’s Funky Beading Book is packed full of ideas and projects to inspire and motivate the imagination of new and practised beaders alike. The book demonstrates that even the simplest of techniques can be used to create jewellery pieces that have impact and style. Written by Mel Brooke, the pages are bursting with colourful designs that vary from straightforward stringing projects to easy wirework. The layout is clear and each project has its own set of step-by-step pictures along with easy-to-follow instructions. If you’ve loved Mel’s projects in Creative Beads & Jewellery then you won’t want to miss this book! Mel’s aim was to bring a collection of colourful, bright and simple projects to the market that would appeal both to beginners and lovers of funky design. She says: “My main focus was to ﬁll the book with projects rather than page after page of bead types, ﬁndings and tools, like many other books out there. There’s enough basic information to get you started quickly and a whole variety of projects that teach simple techniques. More than anything it’s about fun and fashion.” Many of the projects in the book could be made with any number of
different beads to suit your own taste and existing stash, and Mel Brooke actively encourages the reader to adapt the designs and have fun creating personal variations. The RRP is £14.99 but the book is available at a special introductory price of £12.99 from www.beadsbylili.com. Go to www.beadsbylili.com or call 01249 651769 for more details For your chance to win a copy of Mel Brooke’s funky book, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J11 Funky Beading, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th February 2011
OH BABY! These tasty treats are one of the latest additions to the amazing range of polymer clay charms from The Bead Shop Scotland. Styled as the popular Jelly Babies sweets, these delightful charms are sure to add colour and ﬂair to any project for fun, fabulous effects. Other products in this far-tootempting range include Dolly Mixtures, Love Hearts, Flumps and Iced Gems, so be sure to take a look if you have a sweet tooth! Jelly Baby charms are priced at 85p each or £5.95 for a mixed colour set of seven. To see the full range, go to www.beadshopscotland.co.uk, or call 01620 822886
We have 10 sets of the mixed Jelly Babies charms to give away, so for your chance to win one, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J11 Jelly Babies, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th February 2011
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NEWS TASTE OF THE ORIENT Big Bead Little Bead is looking at the year ahead and, with Oriental inﬂuences showing themselves throughout the fashion world, has put together a beautiful collection of vintage and antique Ojime (pronounced oh-jay-meh) beads. These lovely beads originated in Japan during the Edo Period (16541868), but didn’t become symbols of status and artistic sensibility until the Meiji Period (1868-1912), during which time they evolved and began to include themes from everyday life as well as myths, traditions and poetry. Typically under 1” in diameter and made from metal, ivory, stone, jade, lacquer, tortoise shell, glass, coral, bone, antler and other natural materials, despite their size the artistry involved in producing Ojime beads increased and many carvers took to signing each example of their work. Go to www.bigbeadlittlebead.com for a closer look
We have three sets of silver findings (above) up for grabs! The Brighton Bead Shop in 1986 (top left) and today
CONGRATULATIONS AND JUBILATIONS Beads Unlimited and The Brighton Bead Shop are celebrating their 25th year of business in March, and will be running lots of competitions, charity events and more to mark the anniversary. • Put your design ﬂair to good use in the Commemorative Beading Competition for which you can make anything that uses beads, with a big prize for originality!
• Enter the Bead Queen (or King) prize draw – if you share your birth year (1986) with The Brighton Bead Shop and Beads Unlimited, you could be in the running to win a weekend in Brighton! • The Big B charity bead – help Beads Unlimited raise £10,000 for charity by buying The Big B charity bead for just £1. • Head along to the birthday party! On 5th March 2011, The Brighton Bead Shop will be hosting a ton
of in-store events, with commemorative items for sale, a children’s treasure hunt, competitions and more – and, what’s more, 25% of the day’s takings will be donated to the RNLI. • Do you have the Silver Ticket? Each order made through the Beads Unlimited website will include a mystery ticket. One lucky customer each month in 2011 will receive the special Silver Ticket, worth £25, to be used at Beads Unlimited. Or why not simply take inspiration from the Silver Jubilee celebrations, and incorporate the wide range of sterling silver ﬁndings available from Beads Unlimited and The Brighton Bead Shop to make a stunning piece of silver jewellery? From eyepins to lobster clasps, you’ll ﬁnd everything you need to add a bit of class to any project, starting from 15p retail with big discounts for small wholesale quantities. For full details and all information on the 2011 celebrations, please visit www.beadbarmy.com and www.beadsunlimited.co.uk We have three sets of silver findings to give away, each worth £25, so for your chance to win one, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J11 Silver Jubilee, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th February 2011
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Beads, ﬁndings and a herd of other stuff....
your LETTERS We’d love to hear from you, so please share your ideas, opinions and top tips with us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Letters, CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL ART FORM I was blown away by the incredible creations by
Christine Neville in Issue 9. Such amazing pieces, they were like works of art. I love
how she combines the jewellery elements with ribbon, and the swirls of wire were sensational. I think I’ll have to have a few practice runs before I dive in for one of these! Sharon, by email
CRYSTAL AMAZEMENT I loved the sparkly ‘Crystal Maze’ rings by Lynn Firth in Issue 9 (above right). They were such cute and
INCURABLE ADDICTION! I’ve purchased every copy of Creative Beads & Jewellery, and to say I love your magazine would be an understatement! I’ve had chronic fatigue syndrome/ME for nearly two years and became a beading addict a year ago, so to have a magazine with achievable projects released each month is like a breath of fresh air to me. There’s such a wide scope of projects in each magazine, it covers a whole range of tastes. I particularly enjoy bead weaving so was in my element with Lynn Firth’s ‘Crystal Maze’ project in Issue 9. I made three
rings in total, using ﬁre polished beads instead of crystals on two of them. Thank you for such an enjoyable magazine! Ruth Annett, Northern Ireland CB&J: It’s great to know that you are enjoying the magazine so much and that we are
helping to fuel your beading addiction! If bead weaving is your passion, be sure to try your hand at the gorgeous beaded pearls on our cover and on page 18 this issue – and look out for more inspiring projects using weaving techniques next month.
feminine creations, I made a selection of them for my daughters for Christmas. Jolene France, by email
is that my brother seems to think he bought it looking that way! Gloria Mumford, London
MAKE DO AND MEND
I was recently bought a necklace by my brother as a gift that was, let’s say, a tad young for me! Instead of putting it in a drawer never to see the light of day again, I decided to try adjusting the design. I’ve seen tips on your Bead Doctor pages about doing this kind of thing, so ﬁgured I’d try it myself since I wouldn’t have worn it anyway. I removed some of the brighter beads from the focal piece and added rusty shades. I also adjusted the length of the chain and added more accent beads for a bit of a clustered effect. Now I’ve ﬁnished I think it looks lovely. What amuses me most
For many years now I’ve been a papercrafter and subscribed to your sister magazines, so when I saw your new jewellery magazine it made me wonder if this would be another fun, creative hobby to get involved in. I had my ﬁrst subscription issue delivered and was instantly inspired by the many wonderful projects CB&J had to offer. Without hesitation I started to rummage around in my cardmaking bits and bobs, knowing I had some elastic and beads hiding in my many tubs of embellishments, and managed to make a necklace and bracelet
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STAR LETTER BEADING LIFELINE I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Creative Beads & Jewellery. Let me tell you a little about myself so you can understand why. Last summer, a close relative passed on. She’d been ill for a long time with cancer, but had seemed to improve a little, so it came as a bit of a shock to us all. For me this combined with various other problems, and everything got a bit too much for me to cope with. I had a nervous breakdown in August, walking out of work and driving to a secluded spot to try to take my own life. Fortunately for me, one of my colleagues realised something was wrong and kicked up a fuss at work so that our manager called the police and I was found in time.
– albeit nothing as pretty as what I have seen in Issue 9 of your magazine! Even so, I thought I’d contact you and show you
After just under a week in hospital I was back home in the care of my wonderful partner, Ed, and a daily visit from a mental health worker. That was a bleak time for me. I was suffering from panic attacks at the slightest little thing, completely housebound, and could only cope with seeing a handful of people. One of these people was my cousin, Jenny. She and Ed hatched a plan to take me to the local Gem ‘n’ Bead show, and they gave me no chance to wriggle out of it. Ed gave me some cash and told me to enjoy it, Jenny told me she’d look after me and we could leave at any time, but it was worth just having a quick look at all the lovely things. I went from being terriﬁed and then overwhelmed to completely hooked in one afternoon! There’s a bead shop within walking distance of my house and I set myself the challenge of walking into town
to go in and say hello the next week. This became my lifeline and I forced myself to go there once a week. The lady who owns the shop is lovely and I managed to ask her if there were any books she’d recommend, as I wanted to learn some techniques but a class was too intimidating for me. She advised me to pick up a selection of magazines and see which one I liked the most. I got all the beading magazines our local newsagent had – amongst them was Issue 8 of CB&J, and I loved it! As a beginner, the glossaries and Bead Doctor were particularly useful, but it was the Bead Challenge that really captured my interest. Seeing how different
people can create such different things with the same materials was inspiring! I have since bought myself Issue 9 and the Annual, and I’m thinking of getting some back issues too. I can’t wait for the next issue! Thanks to you, my conﬁdence with my beading has soared, and with it my conﬁdence in general. I have a new hobby that gives me hope and joy. My cousin has invited me to her house a few times and I’ve been able to show her and her friends what I’ve learnt from you and even pass on some techniques. Such a social interaction would not have been possible for me before.
There’s still a long way for me to go to heal, but I’m ﬁnally back at work parttime and I wanted to thank you for the part you have, unknowingly, played in my recovery. Helen Mason, Nottinghamshire CB&J: Thank you for getting in touch, Helen. Yours is a very moving and inspiring story and we wish you all the best on your road to recovery. A big round of applause to you for turning things around, and to Jenny and Ed for their amazing support. We’re sure this fab Star Letter prize will come in very handy for helping you keep up your new hobby!
what I made. Normally I don’t think all that much of my work but, having made these with no kit to speak of, I thought
they turned out okay! I’d love to know what you think of my ﬁrst, very basic attempts at jewellery making. I’m sure in the new year I’ll want to save and get some proper supplies for my newfound hobby. I loved everything
that I saw in your stunning magazine but I have to say that designer Jane Kharade’s ﬂower pendant in the Bead Challenge was so beautiful, I can’t wait to have the tools to try it one day soon. I will certainly be dipping in to these magazines for many years to come, and at this rate I will need a bigger house to store
all my back issues of crafting magazines! Sharon Noble, Fife CB&J: We’re certainly impressed with your enthusiasm and resourcefulness – and what you managed to create without any beading supplies. Here’s hoping there was some stash from Santa at Christmas and you’re all set to go in 2011!
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JEWELLERY PEARLS & METAL
ATTITUDE Turn classic pearls into a fashion statement by teaming them up with antique chain and a few metal charms. Grab your pliers and read on to create this fabulous look in under two hours! BECCI JENNINGS & AMANDA PICKSTOCK DESIGNERS
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JEWELLERY PEARLS & METAL PEARL CHAIN NECKLACE
MATERIALS TO CREATE Cut a 25cm length of Beadalon and thread a calotte, followed by a hard crimp, onto the end of the wire. Squash the crimp firmly with flat-nosed pliers, pull the calotte to test the strength of the crimp, then trim any protruding wire. Close the calotte over the crimp using chain-nosed pliers and roll the loop on the end with round-nosed pliers.
Cut a 33cm length of Figaro link chain. Thread a pearl and a spacer bead, then a second pearl and spacer bead, onto the Beadalon, then measure 5cm from the end of the chain and thread on that link. Thread on another two pearls and spacers, then measure another 7cm along the chain and thread on the link, creating a loop. Add three pearls and spacers, then
measure another 12cm along the chain and thread on the link. You should be left with a 9cm length of chain hanging down. Add a pearl, a spacer and another pearl, then thread on a calotte, followed by a hard crimp. Squash the hard crimp firmly, test its safety and trim the excess wire, then close the calotte as before. Attach a dragonfly charm to the
bottom of the longer chain length, using a jump ring, and a padlock charm to the top of that chain near the pearls. Add the heart charm to the shorter length of chain, again using a jump ring. Cut two 15cm pieces of belcher chain and attach each to a calotte using a jump ring. Add the trigger clasp to one side of the necklace and a jump ring to the other.
• bright 7-strand 0.018” Beadalon flexible jewellery wire • antique silver Figaro link chain • antique silver belcher chain • 2 x hard crimps • 2 x antique silver calottes • silver 8mm heart charm • antique silver 18mm dragonfly charm • antique silver 20mm padlock charm • 7 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • antique silver trigger clasp • 8 x antique silver 3mm spacer beads • 9 x light cream 16mm glass pearls
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
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JEWELLERY PEARLS & METAL MATERIALS • antique silver belcher chain • 2 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • 4 x antique silver 50mm headpins • antique silver ear wires • 2 x light cream 16mm pearls • 2 x light cream 8mm pearls
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
LONG DROP EARRINGS Push a headpin through a 16mm pearl and trim so approximately 8mm of the headpin remains. Turn a loop using round-nosed pliers. Trim the head off a headpin and turn a loop at one end. Thread on the 8mm pearl and trim so that approximately 8mm remains. Turn another loop. Cut an eight-link length of belcher chain. Attach the
16mm pearl to one end of the chain, using a jump ring. Open one of the loops on the 8mm pearl and attach to the other end of the chain, then close the loop with round-nosed pliers. Open the loop on the bottom of the ear wire and attach to the other loop on the 8mm pearl. Close the loop on the ear wire. Repeat Steps 1-4 for the other earring.
You can achieve a completely different look without losing the essence of this set by making the pieces in other colourways, or using pearls of varying sizes
PEARL CLUSTER BRACELET TO CREATE Thread a headpin through each pearl. Trim so that approximately 8mm remains protruding from the bead, and turn a loop with round-nosed pliers.
Cut an 18cm length of belcher chain and attach a heart charm to one end, using a jump ring. Attach a dragonfly charm to the chain, along with pearls to decorate one end. Attach the trigger clasp with a jump ring to the other end. Wear by linking the clasp onto a jump ring so the length suits you.
MATERIALS • antique silver belcher chain • 8 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • 4 x antique silver 50mm headpins • antique silver 18mm dragonfly charm • silver 8mm heart charm
• antique silver trigger clasp
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
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JEWELLERY PEARLS & METAL
MATERIALS • 6 x light cream 8mm glass pearls • 2 x silver-plated 40mm beadable hoops • antique silver Figaro chain • antique silver fish-hook ear wires • 20 x antique silver 3mm spacer beads • 2 x antique silver 18mm dragonfly charms • 2 x antique silver 5mm jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
CHAIN HOOP EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut a 15cm length of Figaro chain. Open a beadable hoop and thread on four spacer beads, then the end link of the chain. Thread on a pearl and a spacer bead, then measure approximately 4cm down the chain and thread on that link. Thread on a pearl and a spacer, then another link in the chain, approximately 5cm from the last one.
Add a pearl, then loop the end of the chain onto the hoop and thread on four spacer beads. You may need to adjust where you hook the chain onto the hoop, to ensure the intervals are even. Push the hoop back into the fixing, and squash to secure using chain-nosed pliers. Cut a 1.5cm length of Figaro chain and attach a heart charm to one end, using a jump ring. Use
another jump ring to attach the other end of the chain to the hole on the inside of the beading hoop. Open the loop on the bottom of an ear wire with
round-nosed pliers and attach it to the top of the beadable hoop. Close it securely to complete. Repeat Steps 1-4 to create the matching earring.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from the Shiney Company stores at: 4.11-4.12 Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3EH; 0117 300 9800 5 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP; 01225 332506 27 High Street, Stroud, Glos GL5 1AJ; 01453 753 609 or online at www.shineyrocks.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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THE BEAD CELLAR
KATE ELDRIDGE DESIGNER
BEADED PEARL TO CREATE Thread your needle and pass it through four 3mm beads, going through the first bead a second time to form a circle (see Fig 1, below). Pick up seven size 15 seed beads and four 3mm beads. Pass through the first of the 3mm beads again in the same direction to pull them tight. Repeat this process
QUEEN twice more (Fig 2). Pick up another seven seed beads and pass your needle through the 3mm bead in the first unit, where your seed beads start (Fig 3). Pull your beadwork up into a large circle. Pass your needle around the 3mm bead unit, through two more beads, until it exits on the opposite side. Pick up seven size 15 seed beads, then pass the needle through the
3mm bead on that side of the next unit (Fig 4). Repeat three times to complete the circle. Pick up a 12mm bead and secure it in the centre of the ring by stitching back and forth a couple of times (Fig 5). With your thread exiting a side 3mm bead, pick up five seed beads and four 3mm beads. Pass through the first of the 3mm beads again in the
same direction to pull them tight (Fig 6). Pick up another five seed beads, then pass through the 3mm bead on the opposite side of the ring. Now pick up five seed beads and pass back through the third bead of the 3mm bead unit you have just added, before picking up a final five seed beads and passing your needle through the 3mm bead you started
These elegant embellished beads have an opulence reminiscent of royal courts, making for stunning, unusual jewellery pieces. Kate Eldridge shows you how to create them with just a few simple needle weaving techniques from (Fig 7). Repeat this on the opposite side of your bead.
MATERIALS • 12mm glass pearl • 24 x 3mm beads (eg. crystals, Czech fire polished beads, glass pearls) • 96 x size 15 seed beads • thread
TOOLS • needle • scissors • beading mat
ABOUT KATE… Kate has been designing and making beaded jewellery for more than nine years. What started out as a hobby became a passion, then a career, as she now sells her work and has recently taken over The Bead Cellar, based in beautiful Devon. The Bead Cellar specialises in Toho seed beads and also stocks a wide range of beads and findings, including vintage nailheads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, semi-precious gemstones, Czech glass and much more. Classes are run regularly and kits are available, and Kate has many new ideas to be launched over the next year so do keep an eye on the website!
FIG 6 FIG 3
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THE BEAD CELLAR EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a beaded bead onto a headpin, ensuring that the pin sits in the centre of the 3mm units it passes through. You can choose to thread on other beads, or leave the pin showing. Decide how long you want your earring to be, cut off any excess wire and turn a loop to attach the pin to the ear wire (see our Techniques Glossary on page 90 for illustrated step-bystep instructions). Repeat to create the matching earring.
1 2 MATERIALS • 2 x beaded pearls • 2 x headpins • ear wires
TOOLS • side cutters • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
TO CREATE Measure your wrist. The bracelet here contains 10 beaded beads with 4mm silver spacer beads between them, and measures 22cm (8½”), excluding the clasp. You can adjust the number of beaded beads to make a bracelet to fit your wrist. Start by sewing your clasp onto one of the side 3mm bead units on a beaded pearl, using a new length of thread for added security. Stitch back and forth several times to reinforce it. Work your needle around to the opposite side of the beaded pearl, then pick up a spacer bead and attach it between your first and second beaded pearls. Again, stitch back and forth several
times to make sure that the join is very secure. Repeat Step 3 to add further beads to your bracelet. When it has reached your required length, attach the other part of your clasp.
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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Cellar, Broad Street, Black Torrington, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5PT; www.thebeadcellar.co.uk; 01409 231442
MATERIALS • • • •
10 x beaded pearls 9 x spacer beads magnetic clasp thread
TOOLS • needle
CB&J11 pp20 Giveawayz_Beading 06/01/2011 09:25 Page 20
GIVEAWAYS CZECH GLASS BICONE SETS
PLATINUM PLATED CHARM AND PENDANT SETS
10 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £6.36 EACH
5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £10 EACH B for Beads (www.b-for-beads.co.uk; 01352 755532) has donated these lovely sets of its Platinum Plated products. Each winner will receive a selection of maple leaf and heart charms, plus bird cage and tree pendants.
These 4mm Czech glass bicone sets from Precious Sparkle Beads (www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264) include the Crystal, Light Aqua Blue, Lilac and Peachy Pink colours for plenty of glittering creative scope.
COUSIN PEARL ELEGANCE SETS 7 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £7.98 EACH These beautiful Cousin pearl prize sets include the pink and turquoise packs of 6mm round pearl beads. www.docrafts.com
GIVEAWAYS Over £300 worth of prizes to be won!
TO ENTER For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name and address on a POSTCARD, along with the name of the product you want to win, to CB&J11 Giveaways, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesﬁeld, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th February 2011.
THREAD A BEAD EASTER EGG ORNAMENT BEADING PATTERN 10 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £4 EACH
SUN SPOTS BEAD SETS 5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £10 EACH These stunning handmade Sun Spots bead sets, donated by Lush Lampwork (www.lushlampwork.co.uk), are the perfect size for ﬁtting on Pandora bracelets or incorporating into your own fabulous, vibrant pieces.
This Mini Bejewelled Crystal Easter Egg ornament can easily be made in a couple of hours – but could be treasured for years to come! Around the main body of the egg is a rabbit in a meadow ﬁlled with yellow and red tulips, and with added silver-lined beads and sparkly Swarovski crystals, this egg really dazzles. It uses 16 Delica colours in total and the ﬁnished beadwork is approximately 3x1.8cm. The beading pattern is available as a downloadable PDF ﬁle for £4, but we have 10 to give away. All the beads and crystals required to make the egg are also available from www.threadabead.com. And keep an eye on the website for the release of this year’s Easter egg pattern!
COMPLETE BEADING BOOKS 3 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £15.99 EACH Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced beader, Complete Beading covers all aspects of the craft with 30 inspirational projects incorporating bead stringing, weaving, stitching and more. Published by Collins & Brown. To order, go to www.anovabooks.com.
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SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS
JULIET BROWSE DESIGNER
ABOUT JULIET… Juliet has been designing and making jewellery for seven years. She studied jewellery making on the island of Cyprus and many of her designs take inspiration from the sea and Mediterranean style. She is now the owner of Spoilt Rotten Beads, which stocks more than 3,000 different beads and jewellery-making supplies. Juliet and her team also run beading courses and workshops from their shop near Cambridge.
SWINGING the blues Forget cushions and curtains! Juliet Browse brings tassels bang up-to-the-minute with striking chain designs and ideas for a cool, everyday look using knotted cord and charms TO CREATE Begin by deciding how long you want your finished necklace to be (don’t forget that the tassel will make the necklace seem longer than it is). I used 60cm of chain to make this one mid-chest length. Cut the required length of both types of chain.
Using two of the 5mm jump rings, attach both types of chain to either side of the toggle clasp. Cut a 40cm length of fine silver-plated curb chain and attach this to the centre links of the necklace using the remaining jump ring. Thread the crystals, pearls and Murano
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glass heart individually onto headpins and create a wrapped loop in the end on each pin to attach it to a link in the curb chain. Cut a 10cm length of 0.6mm silverplated wire and make a wrapped loop at one end, attaching six 10cm lengths of fine curb chain before
completing the loop. Thread the Balistyle bead cap onto the wire so that it covers the first loop and the chain hangs from the bead cap – you have made your own tassel! To finish, attach the tassel to the beaded chain with another wrapped loop.
MATERIALS • silver-plated fine curb chain • silver-plated fancy chain • 3 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • silver-plated decorative square toggle clasp • silver-plated Bali-style bead cone • silver-plated 0.6mm non-tarnish wire • 18 (min) x silver-plated headpins
SEA BREEZE TASSEL NECKLACE
• Sea Foam 6mm glass pearls • Electric Blue 6mm glass pearls • Royal Blue 8mm Chinese crystals • Verde Marino 10mm Murano heart bead
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
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SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS SEA BREEZE BAG CHARM/KEYRING TO CREATE Cut a 20cm length of fine silver-plated curb chain and attach this to the trigger clasp using a jump ring. Thread the pearls, crystals and Murano glass heart individually
onto headpins and attach them to links in the chain by creating wrapped loops in the pins. Follow Steps 5-7 for the necklace opposite to create and attach the tassel at the end of the chain.
MATERIALS • trigger keyring • silver-plated 5mm jump ring • silver-plated fine chain • 18 (min) x silver-plated headpins • silver-plated 0.6mm non-tarnish wire • Sea Foam 6mm glass pearls • Electric Blue 6mm glass pearls
• Royal Blue 8mm Chinese crystals • Verde Marino 10mm Murano heart bead • silver-plated Bali-style bead cone
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
SEA BREEZE CHARM BRACELET
MATERIALS • silver-plated charm bracelet • 20 (min) x silver-plated headpins • Sea Foam 6mm glass pearls • Electric Blue 6mm glass pearls • Verde Marino 10mm Murano heart bead
• Royal Blue 8mm Chinese crystals • silver-plated Bali-style bead cone • silver-plated 0.6mm non-tarnish wire
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Begin by threading the pearls, crystals and Murano glass heart individually onto headpins. Create a wrapped loop in each
pin, attaching it to the charm bracelet. Follow Steps 5 and 6 of the necklace opposite to create the tassel. Attach it via a wrapped loop to the
integral jump ring at one end of the bracelet – I also attached the glass heart to this ring, which incorporates the bar element of the toggle clasp.
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SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS DAISY CHAIN BRACELET TO CREATE Cut three 20cm lengths of waxed cotton cord. Hold all three lengths together and attach the box closer to one end of the bundle of cord, using chain-nosed pliers to firmly fold each side down so that it grips the cord securely. Tie a knot in the bundle of cord approximately 15mm from the box closer and thread on a large-hole rondelle. Tie another knot right up close to the bead.
Thread the disc and enamel charms onto the different strands of waxed cotton in a similar pattern to the one shown, and knot them in place. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist to check the size before tying another knot after the charms and threading on the other large-hole rondelle. Tie a final knot right up close to the rondelle. To finish, attach the other part of the box closer to the bracelet, and add the heart charms and the remaining enamel disc charm to the chain using 5mm jump rings.
MATERIALS • blue 0.6mm waxed cotton cord • silver-plated box closer with chains • 2 x silver-plated large-hole rondelles • 4 x blue enamel disc charms • 3 x silver-plated brushed disc charms
• silver-plated heart charm • 2 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
DAISY CHAIN BAG CHARM/ KEYRING TO CREATE Cut two 25cm lengths of 0.6mm waxed cotton cord. Fold these in half and thread the centre through the loop on the trigger clasp, then secure by threading the ends back through the loop in the cord in a lark’s head knot. Now thread on the large-hole rondelle and tie a knot in the cord right up hard against the bead. Attach all the beads and charms to the four strands of waxed cotton by knotting them into position. Trim off any excess cord to finish.
2 MATERIALS • trigger keyring • blue 0.6mm waxed cotton cord • silver-plated large-hole rondelle • 4 x silver-plated brushed disc charms • 5 x blue enamel disc charms
• blue enamel heart bead • blue enamel sunflower bead • silver-plated heart charm
TOOLS • side cutters
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SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS DAISY CHAIN NECKLACE
MATERIALS • blue 0.6mm waxed cotton cord • silver-plated box closer with chain • 5 x blue enamel disc charms • 3 x silver-plated brushed disc charms • silver-plated 5mm jump ring • silver-plated 7mm jump ring • Bluebell tagua nut pendant • 3 x silver-plated large-hole rondelles • silver-plated toggle clasp (you will only need the loop element) • blue enamel heart bead • blue enamel sunflower bead • 2 x silver-plated heart charms
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Cut 160cm of waxed cotton cord and fold it in half so it is approximately 80cm long. Pass the centre of the doubled-up cord through the loop of the toggle clasp, and pull the ends through the cord loop in a lark’s head knot to secure. Thread on a largehole silver-plated bead and push it down against the ring. Tie a knot just above the bead – this will be the centre of your necklace, which the tassel will hang from. Separate the four strands of waxed cotton into two pairs for the two sides of your necklace.
Approximately 20cm from the ring, tie another knot in each side of the necklace and add another large-hole bead. Tie another knot right up close to the bead. Now attach the box closer to each side of the necklace – use chain-nosed pliers to firmly fold each side of the box closer down onto the cord so that it grips securely. Using the 5mm jump ring, add
one of the blue enamel disc charms to the end of the extension chain. Now make the tassel by knotting two separate 30cm lengths of waxed cotton cord onto the loop from Step 1 so that you end up with
four ends dangling down. Attach the various beads and charms to the waxed cotton by knotting them onto the cord in the pattern shown. To finish, add the tagua nut pendant to the loop using the 7mm jump ring.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk; 01353 749853 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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GEMMA GRAY DESIGNER
Want a fresh look fast? Here Gemma Gray employs simple stringing techniques to create a striking emerald necklace
MATERIALS • 2 x emerald plain glass 100g bead mix packs (GLX16) • 12 x silver-plated crimps • 12 x silver-plated crimp covers • 2 x silver-plated 25mm round Quick Links (LKR25) • silver-plated trigger clasp • 10 x silver-plated 8mm jump rings • 8 x jet 10mm pressed round glass beads (GLPC1001) • lime plastic-coated wire • silver-plated lightweight chain
TOOLS • multi-pliers
TO CREATE Measure and cut four 15cm lengths of chain. Open an 8mm jump ring, attach two
ABOUT GEMMA… Gemma is inspired by everything around her, from colour and form to the materials she uses. She has created her own style of jewellery by combining many traditional techniques with contemporary ideas.
pieces of chain and a Quick Link, and close. Repeat with a second jump ring and the remaining lengths of chain. Open an 8mm jump ring and join the ends of one pair of chains. Repeat for the other pair, adding a trigger clasp before you close the jump ring. Cut a 30cm length of plastic-coated wire, thread on a crimp and pass the wire back through it. Make sure you have a loop at the end and
squeeze the crimp flat. Place a crimp cover over the crimp and squeeze closed. Thread on a selection of mixed emerald and black beads to fill 20cm of the length of wire. Thread on a crimp, and pass the wire back through the crimp and a few of the beads. Pull tight so that there is still a loop in the wire and squeeze the crimp. Trim any excess wire. Place a crimp cover over the crimp and squeeze closed.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to make another five lengths of beaded wire, using only small beads from the mix for two of the strands. Open an 8mm jump ring, join two beaded lengths of wire, and attach to one of the Quick Links. Repeat for the other lengths. Attach the middle two strands to the
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other Quick Link with an 8mm jump ring. Attach the outside strands by wrapping around the middle strands and joining to the inside of the second Quick Link. Join the final strands by wrapping around the beaded section and joining to the outside of the second Quick Link.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777
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For more information or to buy tickets visit :www.tuffnellglass.com email@example.com
Friday 8th April & Saturday the 9th
Towcester Bead Fair
Ticket price £20 a day, £30 for two days children under 12 free, 12 - 16 half price Open 10 - 5
Ticket price includes Artist demonstrations, meet and great the Artists, torch taster sessions, Lampwork village sales area, large sales areas of Lampwork glass, tools, kilns and Kits and other Suppliers, competitions, free parking, entry to the Charity Auction plus buy a two day ticket and get free entry into Sundays bead fair.
Sunday April 10th 2011
Ticket price £4 each children under 12 free
Held on two floors the bead fair Offers a wide Collection of bead suppliers, tools, kits, Lampwork beads, seed beads, crystals and books. Open 10 - 4 pm Free Parking
www.beadshows.co.uk for more information
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LAMPWORK BEADS FROSTED HEARTS
JULIE FOUNTAIN DESIGNER
ABOUT JULIE… Julie first started designing and making simple jewellery pieces in around 2005 but her life changed forever when she discovered lampworking in 2007. Since setting up a studio at home, she has been lucky enough to make beads nearly every day. Now a full-time lampworker, Julie makes glass beads, buttons and jewellery, as well as teaching beginner and intermediate classes both at home and in other studios around the country. You can see Julie in action as a demonstrating artist at the 2011 Flame Off at Towcester racecourse in Northamptonshire in April, and check out her work at www.lush lampwork.co.uk.
FIRE & ice TO CREATE
Make a silvered ivory stringer: Briefly, wrap a strip of silver leaf around the warmed end of a Dark Ivory rod and melt in. Melt a large gather and pull out with tweezers. Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating a silvered ivory stringer were featured in the ‘Pieces of Silver’ article in CB&J10 (back issues are available from www.practical publishing.co.uk/cbj). Leave the stringer to one side to cool. Using the Baby Blue glass, make a large round bead, around 18mm wide. Lay it gently in the press to check the size – it needs to be slightly smaller than the bottom part of the heart shape, below the ‘shoulders’. Warm up the round bead again and gently roll at a 45° angle on a marver to create a cone shape. Take your time to
make a neat pointed end but don’t touch the bead release or it may break. Lay the cone in the press and press down, turn over and press down again. Take care not to overheat the bead now so you don’t lose this shape. To add the heart ‘shoulders’, swipe light blue glass from front to back on one side of the cone, taking care not to touch the mandrel. Then add the darker blue glass to the other shoulder in the same way. Melt both shoulders, smooth and press. Hold the heart at the back of the flame, quite high up. Melt the tip of the silvered ivory stringer and, working through the flame, attach it to the heart at the inside edge. Turn the bead and melt the stringer around the join. Now thoroughly melt it into the bead.
Take a length of 0.3mm fine silver wire. Make sure the band of silvered ivory stringer is warm and ‘sticky’ and touch the warmed tip of the wire against it. Take the bead out of the flame and turn it so the silver wire sticks around the base of the darker blue shoulder. Melt the wire in. Heat a spot in the centre of this silvery band and rest the bead back in the press. Take your clear, cold stringer and push it into the warmed spot. Twist the stringer between your fingertips to make a swirl. Don’t pull the stringer out – gently wiggle and blow to encourage it to snap cleanly off the bead. Warm the whole bead up again, especially the area you just twisted to make it nice and smooth again. Now make the pale blue side warm and ‘sticky’. Pick up a piece
These gorgeous silver-frosted pendants are completely individual and can be made in a stunning array of colours for all looks and seasons. Julie Fountain shows you how to melt hearts...
of silver mesh with tweezers and very carefully warm one end. Stick it onto the top of the bead and lay it down the length, pulling slightly. Smooth the mesh onto the bead and melt on. Bathe the bead thoroughly in the flame, then pop it straight into a hot kiln. Wearing rubber gloves, place the cool, cleaned heart into a plastic pot and cover with etching solution. Soak the bead in the solution for around 10 minutes, turning with a wooden or plastic implement. Strain the solution back into the original container and neutralise the bead in a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Assemble the bead and silver spacers and criss-crosses onto a large headpin. Cut the pin to length, turn a loop and slip on a silver ring. Thread onto a silver chain.
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LAMPWORK BEADS FROSTED HEARTS
MATERIALS • Baby Blue Effetre glass (038) • Mid Blue Effetre glass (054) • Dark Ivory Effetre glass (276) • transparent glass stringer • silver leaf • silver 0.3mm fine wire • silver fine mesh • silver spacer beads, criss-crosses and findings • silver chain • Dip ‘n Etch etching solution
WHERE TO BUY The Love Triangle heart press is available from www.beadpress.nl Glass, tools, silver leaf, wire and mesh, and etching fluid can be purchased online at www.tuffnellglass.com
TOOLS • • • • • • •
Silver headpins, criss-crosses and rings are available from www.designedbygeorge.co.uk
dipped mandrel heart press graphite marver tweezers or pliers rubber gloves jewellery pliers side cutters
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bead DOCTOR Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers SEED BEAD SIZING Could you possibly explain the naming and sizing of seed beads and beading needles as I am a bit confused about what I should be buying for compatibility? Claire Bacon, Somerset
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Certainly! Seed beads are available in a variety of sizes from 6/0 through to 15/0. The larger the number, the smaller the bead – so size 6/0 will usually equate to about 10 beads per inch while size 15/0 is about 25 beads per inch when laid end to end. Japanese beads are of the highest quality and the main manufacturers are Toho, Miyuki and Matsuno, producing even and uniform
beads. Czech beads are also of a good quality, whilst beads from other countries are perfectly functional but may lack uniformity. Miyuki Delicas are a great choice for even work when bead and loom weaving as they have ﬂat rather than rounded ends, so sit neatly alongside one another. They are, however, one of the most expensive beads. Beading needles are longer than standard sewing needles and, again, are sized so that the larger the number, the thinner the needle. For commonly used size 11/0 seed beads you will need a size 12 needle; for size 6/0 and 8/0 seed beads a size 10 needle would be ﬁne, but bear in mind that some beadweaving stitches require the thread to be passed
through a bead multiple times and a thinner needle than usual would be required to avoid breaking the bead.
GET STUCK IN! I’ would like some advice about the best adhesives to use in jewellery making, especially when gluing things like bails onto pendants and cut stones into settings. Any help would be gratefully received! Sara Lee-Williams, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… There are many brands of adhesive on sale for jewellery making, but for your speciﬁc needs there is one reliable option, and that is two-part epoxy glue. Packs contain two tubes or bottles –
a resin and a hardener – which should be mixed together according to the manufacturer’s instructions (generally in equal proportions) to give a supremely strong bond. The easiest method is to put a little blob of each side by side onto a scrap of cardboard, then mix them together with a cocktail or lollipop stick before applying to your bail or mount. To get a really good bond, it is advisable to roughen the two contacting surfaces using sandpaper before applying any glue.
FLAT WIRE I’m interested in making some jewellery featuring hammered wirework shapes and components but am unsure what sort
of wire to use for this. Can you help? Maria Nicholls, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Copper wire is a great choice when starting out as it’s copper through to the core, which means there’s no plated surface at risk of being damaged. It’s also a perfect option if you’re working on a budget. Solid silver wire has the same beneﬁt but is obviously fairly costly. Silver-plated and enamelled wires usually have a copper core, which means that you do run the risk of revealing this when they are both cut and hammered. Careful handling and the use of nylon tools can reduce that risk.
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BEAD DOCTOR PMC COURSES I’ve tried my hand at a selection of polymer clay charms and beads in the past, and am wanting to branch out now my conﬁdence has improved. After workshops and plenty of trial and error, I’m feeling quite the dab hand with clay tools, textures and effects, so thought I’d venture into PMC. Can you direct me to a stockist for the product and also give me some idea of where I might ﬁnd details on PMC courses please? Jackie Mayers, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… It’s great to hear that you’re trying new things, and I can certainly help point you towards some great PMC courses and stockists. As there are a wealth of companies offering PMC courses and workshops and it is obviously dependent on your location and willingness to travel, I would suggest you take a look at the PMC Guild’s website at
www.pmcguild.co.uk for assistance, guidance and information. For supplies, you can check out www. thepmcstudio.co.uk (or call 01494 774428), or simply run an internet search. Do look back through past issues of Creative Beads & Jewellery for inspiring projects and tips for using PMC. We have featured some lovely pieces by Samantha Berman of Saskia Rose Design in Hertfordshire (www. saskiarosedesign.co.uk) and Emma Gordon of Bluebell Design Studio in Fife (www.bluebell designstudio.co.uk), both of whom offer PMC workshops.
BREAKING POINT I’m worried that jump rings aren’t strong enough for the weight of the pendants I tend to use in my projects and wondered what the alternatives are? Cheryl Mossley, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… You can obviously buy jump rings, as
well as focal rings, in various diameters and thicknesses, as well as colours and textures, so you can sometimes make a feature of them if a larger ring is required. The same is true of using more than one ring for added strength. Wirewrapping a larger ring, even adding small beads or crystals to ﬁt in with your design, makes it part of the piece aesthetically rather than simply functional. Split rings
also offer security, but aren’t the most elegant of solutions.
FACETING CLASS I have an old gemstone inherited from my great grandmother that I want to adjust. The gem is extremely large and slightly chipped in places, but I’ve managed to ﬁnd an old photograph that shows the original necklace it was part of (I just have the gem in its setting) and am wanting to restyle the gem for a modern version of the piece. I’m aware that I can send this away to be done professionally, but have been told that there are faceting classes I can attend to learn these skills myself. As I’m very much into making my own focal pieces, this is deﬁnitely something I’d like to entertain. Any suggestions of where I could go to learn faceting techniques? Arabella Collingwood, by email
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THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… It sounds like you’re well and truly into the advanced level of jewellery making, Arabella, so let’s see if we can point you in the right direction. There are several establishments that offer faceting (gemcutting) classes. One of the ﬁrst to consider would be Holts Academy, which offers a range of technical diplomas, faceting being just one, so have a look at www.holts academy.com or call 020 7405 0197 for more information. Also worth looking at is In The Studio (www. inthestudio.co.uk; 01509 569890), which offers a wide range of different jewellery technique classes as well as gem cutting. Do let us know how you get on.
CBJ11 pp32-33 Birthstone Feb_CBJ 05/01/2011 11:38 Page 32
AMETHYST We continue our new series on birthstone jewellery by taking a closer look at glittering purple amethyst TRADITIONAL AMETHYST EARRINGS
JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
Cut a 15cm length of wire. Thread on an amethyst briolette and position centrally along the length. Bend the two wire ends upwards to form a triangle shape above the bead, then grasp the triangle with chainnosed pliers and twist the ends together about three times. Splay the wire ends out at 180° to each other, snug to the twist, then wrap them around a small cylindrical object (about 13mm in diameter), crossing them over at the top. Thread eight amethyst rondelle beads onto each end of the wire, then bend the wire ends upwards at 90° to the circle and thread a silver bead onto both the wires together. Twist the wires once, then snip one end about 5mm above the twist. Create a wrapped loop with
the other end of the wire, wrapping the end down the stem to also cover the snipped end. Reshape the beaded circle of wire if necessary, then attach the wrapped loop to an ear wire. Repeat to complete the pair.
DID YOU KNOW
The name ‘amethyst’ comes from the Ancient Greek for ‘not intoxicated’ – the Ancient Greeks and Romans wore the stone and even made cups from it in the belief that it would prevent them getting drunk!
• Brazilian amethyst faceted rondelle beads • Brazilian amethyst faceted heart briolette beads • silver fish-hook ear wires • silver 0.4mm wire • silver 2mm round beads
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
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ALTERNATIVE INDIAN GLASS & SEED BEAD NECKLACE
Cut three 1m lengths of illusion wire. Thread each one with 35 Delica beads and pass through the donut before bringing the ends together. Add three Delica beads to each pair of wires. Thread a silver bead and a crimp bead onto all six wire ends together, and set the crimp so all of the beads wrapping the donut are snug. Cover the crimp bead with a glass washer, then add
AMETHYST BIRTHSTONE FOR... February
SAID TO BESTOW: Wisdom, spirituality, security
ABOUT THE STONE: Amethyst is the violet form of quartz and varies in colour right through the purple spectrum, with the darkest shades usually being the most valuable. It is produced around the globe, from South Korea and southern India through Russia,
another silver bead before splitting the wires into two sets of three. Working one side of the necklace at a time, add seven Delica beads, a silver bead, a glass washer and two further Delicas to all three wires together. Make sure the final two Delicas slip inside the glass washer, then thread each of the individual wires with
Austria and Zambia to Canada and the US (including Yellowstone National Park), and South America. Until the 18th century, amethyst was ranked with gemstones like diamonds, sapphires and rubies amongst the most valuable in existence. But it has since lost much of its value with the discovery of large quantities in countries such as Brazil.
WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE? Amethyst is a very popular colour for
seven Delicas. Add two Delica beads to the three wires together, followed by a glass washer and silver bead. Use a dab of superglue to secure the three wire ends together to aid threading, then add rocaille beads until the desired necklace length is reached. Thread on a
non-precious beads and you can get pretty much every style of bead in the colour as an economic alternative to using genuine stones. The large Indian glass donuts I have used here are a great choice for chunky-styled jewellery, allowing you to go for size whilst watching your budget. Seed beads make a great necklace base, but by choosing suede thong, cord or ribbon you can create a completely different look in a ﬂash.
silver bead, followed by a crimp bead and the lobster clasp. Pass the wire ends back through the crimp bead, silver bead and a couple of rocailles before pulling the end so that the beading is snug but not over-tight. Snip the wire ends short and very gently pull a little slack into the loop around the lobster clasp eye so that the wire ends disappear inside the rocailles. Set the crimp using pliers, then repeat for the other half of the necklace, finishing with a necklace tag.
MATERIALS • purple 40mm Indian glass donut bead • small Indian glass washer beads • amethyst AB purplelined Delica beads • purple silver-lined size 6 rocaille beads • silver 2mm round beads • silver 2mm crimp beads • lobster clasp and necklace tag • illusion wire • superglue
TOOLS • crimping pliers
WHERE TO BUY The amethysts used here are available from www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk The amethyst-coloured Indian glass beads and findings can be purchased from www.spellboundbeads.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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CBJ11 pp36-38 Riverside_CBJ 05/01/2011 11:17 Page 36
DONNA MCKEAN SMITH DESIGNER
ABOUT DONNA… Donna McKean Smith is the owner of Riverside Beads, offering workshops and selling beads, findings and a wealth of jewellery-making supplies at her shop in Peterborough and online. A passionate jewellery-making enthusiast, she loves anything relating to beads, especially if it sparkles!
Donna McKean Smith makes innovative use of seed beads to combine these pretty hoops with gorgeous lampwork beads to fabulous effect
TO CREATE Cut 4” pieces of elastic to make your seed bead rings. Add approximately 17 seed beads to each piece and tie a double reef knot, ensuring you pull the knot tightly. Add a small amount of clear nail varnish to seal. Cut a 10” length of Tigertail, add a crimp bead to one end, and thread it through the loop of the bead hanger and back down through the crimp bead from the other direction. Secure
your crimp bead with flat-nosed pliers. Add your beads and seed bead rings (in clusters of three) onto the Tigertail as desired. I find the seed bead rings sit better next to the 8mm glass beads rather than the Pandora-style beads. Once the beaded section reaches the required length (approximately 7”), add a crimp bead onto the end, and thread the wire through the loop
of the bead hanger and back down through the crimp bead. Pull to ensure the beads are tightly fastened onto the Tigertail, and secure your crimp bead with flat-nosed pliers. Cut two 10” lengths of suede and loop each through the end of the bead hanger to double it up. Create a wire spiral of about eight loops, approximately 6mm in diameter, using a jump ring mandrel. Cut and slide over the suede,
down towards the bead hanger. Repeat on the other side. Add a box clasp at the opposite end, using an oval jump ring (this gives you less
chance of the clasp slipping out as the opening is at the side of an oval jump ring) and a magnetic clasp. Repeat on the other side to finish.
MATERIALS • 5 x Pandora-style lampwork beads (S4057) • 12 x 8mm glass beads • size 9 Gutermann seed beads in three colours • Tigertail • clear 0.7mm elastic • silver-plated 2mm crimp beads • silver-plated bead hanger/connector • pink suede or faux suede
• silver-plated 0.9mm wire • silver-plated box clasp cord end • oval jump ring • magnetic clasp • clear nail varnish
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead mat • jump ring mandrel
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RIVERSIDE BEADS PINK BRACELET TO CREATE Make your seed bead rings in exactly the same way as for the necklace opposite. Cut a 10” length of elastic and
thread on assorted beads and your seed bead rings, remembering to include the bead hanger. When the bracelet reaches your required length, tie a double reef knot and secure with nail varnish.
Add assorted beads to the three headpins and turn a loop in each pin. Add these to the bead hanger to finish. Alternatively, you could use your favourite charms.
MATERIALS • 4 x Pandora-style lampwork beads (S4057) • 10 x 8mm glass beads • size 9 Gutermann seed beads in three colours • 3 x silver-plated headpins • clear 0.7mm elastic
• silver-plated bead hanger • clear nail varnish
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead mat
TO CREATE Take a headpin and thread on assorted beads as desired. Turn a loop in the pin above the beads and attach securely to an ear wire. Repeat to create the matching earring.
MATERIALS • 2 x Pandora-style lampwork beads (S4057) • 4 x 8mm glass beads • 2 x silver-plated headpins • silver-plated ear wires
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead mat
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MATERIALS • 2 x Pandora-style lampwork beads (S4062) • 2 x Pandora-style cut glass beads • size 9 Gutermann seed beads in three colours • clear 0.7mm elastic • Pandora-style 46cm necklace • clear nail varnish
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead mat
TO CREATE Make your seed bead rings in exactly the same way
as for the necklace on page 36. Add assorted seed bead rings and Pandora-style beads to
the readymade Pandorastyle necklace, then clip the necklace with the integral magnetic clasp to secure. The beauty
of this ‘cheat’s’ style is that you can change the clusters of beads on the necklace in moments to suit your required colours.
GREEN BRACELET TO CREATE Follow Steps 1 and 2 for creating the pink bracelet on page 37, simply omitting the bead hanger.
1 MATERIALS • 3 x Pandora-style lampwork beads (S4062) • assorted foil-lined glass beads • size 9 Gutermann seed beads in three colours
• 6mm faceted bicones • clear 0.7mm elastic • clear nail varnish
TOOLS • side cutters • bead mat
MATERIALS • assorted 6mm faceted bicones • 2 x silver-plated headpins • silver-plated ear wires
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead mat
WHERE TO BUY
GREEN EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread bicones as desired onto a headpin, then create a loop in the pin above
the beads. Attach the pin to an ear wire. Repeat to create the matching earring.
All the materials used here are available from Riverside Beads, In The Antique & Craft Centre, 50/56 High St, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8EB; www.riversidebeads.co.uk; 01778 346810
CBJ11 pp39 Precious SParkle_Beading 06/01/2011 15:31 Page 39
PRECIOUS SPARKLE BEADS
tied up DAWN COTTON FUGE DESIGNER
This delicate necklace with its pretty amethysts and shimmering pearls uses pure silk thread and a clever knotting tool for a lovely feminine look
IN KNOTS MATERIALS • strand African amethyst 8mm round beads • peach freshwater pearls with rough surface • olive green potato pearls • purple Griffin 100% silk No5 (0.65mm) bead cord • sterling silver clasp • sterling silver French wire or gimp • silver jump ring • silver closed rings • GS Hypo Cement glue
TOOLS • Easyknotter tool • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • needle • tweezers
TO CREATE This project uses the full length of silk in the packet – take it out and string on a 1cm section of French wire and a closed ring. Thread these down to nearly the end of silk, and tie a knot so that the French wire forms a loop with a double knot holding it in place. Leave a bit of a tail (you will cut this later and glue the knot so it is tight). String on a pearl and push it up against the knot. Form a knot over your hand. Before pulling it tight, insert a needle into the loop. Pull it tight and slide the knot up against the pearl as tightly as you can, pulling on the long length of cord. Carefully remove the
needle and, using tweezers, push the knot further against the pearl so that it sits tightly between the two knots. You now want to make a knot ¾” away from the last one. Make an overhand knot in the cord and, before pulling it, put it on the pin in the centre of the Easyknotter. Pull it tight and adjust its position so that the last knot you tied is on the ¾” mark. Carefully slip the knot off between your two fingers and thumbs and pull tight. Thread on your next bead (I used an amethyst) and begin to make another knot. Again, put the needle in before pulling tight and finish as with the
WHERE TO BUY second knot in Step 2. Continue in the way, making sure the beads are all evenly spaced, and using the pattern green pearlamethyst-peach pearl, until you have reached the end of the cord. To finish off, string on another 1cm piece of French wire and a closed ring and make a loop with a double knot, as in Step 1. Trim all the excess silk and apply a dab of GS Hypo Cement glue to the knots to make them secure. Attach a sterling silver clasp to one side with a jump ring. You can make this a two-stranded necklace by looping it around your neck twice and closing the clasp.
All the materials used here, including the Easyknotter, are available from Precious Sparkle Beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ; www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264
Make a pair of co-ordinating earrings by threading matching amethysts, green pearls and peach pearls individually onto 1” or 2” sterling silver
headpins and creating wrapped loops. Put three of these charms onto each of two sterling silver 5mm jump rings, and attach the rings to ball earring posts.
CBJ11 pp40-41 Suede_CBJ 06/01/2011 16:44 Page 40
HOW TO USE... SUEDE
The secrets of
If you don’t have suede in your jewellery-making stash, you could be missing out. This wonderfully tactile, versatile material isn’t just for student styles or hippy looks, as Stephie Hall demonstrates with three very different designs
STEPHIE HALL DESIGNER
ABOUT STEPHIE… Stephie works as a freelance designer for Madcowbeads. She has been beading for as long as she can remember and particularly enjoys working with crystals and silver to make sparkly jewellery pieces. The company stocks a huge range of Czech fire polished beads, along with all the essential beads, findings and tools.There is always something new or unusual on its website, alongside old favourites. Buy securely online at www.madcowbeads.com
MORE IDEAS WITH SUEDE Suede looks great in multi-thonged necklaces and bracelets. You can tie the ends in a chunky knot to fasten if the piece is large enough to lift on and off, or tie your knot further up the piece for an ethnic-style tassel as a focal point. Tie small pieces of suede through chain links to add colour,
MIDNIGHT ROSES BRACELET texture and interest. More traditionally, suede is an ideal stringing material for really chunky large-hole beads. Give the look a twist by using two or more strands and running one or more alternately around the outside of the bead, adding knots along the lengths, or using bold colourful or patterned beads instead of the more typical natural styles.
CARING FOR SUEDE Suede protector can be purchased from any good shoe retailer and helps keep your suede looking lovely – always test on any non-suede components before using on a mixedcomponent piece. Suede brushes are too big for suede jewellery but a stiff toothbrush will help remove dirt if needed.
Make dangles on five hanger bails by threading a black rose, red crystal and second black rose onto a headpin and making a loop that captures the hanger bail loop. Repeat with red roses and black crystals on the other four hanger bails. Cut a 14” length of suede lace and add a folding crimp to one end. Tie a single knot in the lace next to the crimp. Thread the bails onto the thong, alternating red and black crystals
2 3 4
• black 2mm suede lace • 9 x antique-style hanger bails • 9 x 2” ball headpins • 10 x black rose beads • 5 x red oval crystal beads • 8 x red rose beads • 4 x black oval crystal beads • 2 x folding crimps • toggle clasp • 2 x 5mm jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
and tying a single knot between each bail. Leave enough room for the bail to move slightly. Finish by using a folding crimp after the final knot, trimming and attaching the clasp with jump rings.
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HOW TO USE... SUEDE CHUNKY SUEDE STRIP CUFF
If you run out of lace or want to use multiple colours of lace, you can use folding crimps and glue to change lace part way around the frame – just glue, crimp and continue, then hide the crimp behind a button embellishment
WHERE TO BUY All the findings and suede used here are available from www. madcowbeads.com The shell buttons are available from www.minervacrafts andfabrics.co.uk
Take a 3m length of leather lace and fold one end over the top of the bangle frame. Crimp with the short end on the inside to form a tight loop over the frame – add a dab of glue in the middle and to the crimp for extra strength. Thread the suede down and inside the bangle frame, and around and up over the bottom bar, then up,
Evenness is important in this necklace – try not to make any of the suede sections any tighter or looser than the rest and don’t have them so tight that the chain gets bunched up
behind the top bar and over before taking it down inside behind the bottom bar again. Keep the tension reasonably high. Continue weaving all the way round – I went over the top bar 16 times per section. When you reach the bangle spacer bars, go straight over them with a down weave. Use another folding crimp and glue to finish the
lace. Try bunching it up towards the previous spacer bar to give you space to fold the crimp, then sliding it all back towards the end of the bangle once crimped. Add another folding crimp at the opposite end of the first and last strand, crimping it to the strand that runs next to it on
the inside of the frame (this stops your leather slipping over the corner of the bangle frame). Add shell buttons by tying them with thick thread around two strands of crossing lace. Triple knot them at the back, trim and add a dab of glue to strengthen the knot.
• black 2mm suede lace • 2.5mm folding crimps – I used crimp ends and cut the loops off with side cutters • 5 x shell star buttons • bangle frame • sturdy thread (eg. 7-strand embroidery thread, denim or leather thread) • E6000 jewellery glue
TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • sharp scissors
THE SOFTER SIDE BRAIDED NECKLACE
Cut 1m of each colour of suede lace. Add a dab of glue to a folding crimp and to the end of both leather laces, and crimp them together using flat-nosed pliers. Cut a 21” length of chain. Thread pink lace through the first chain link and lilac lace through the same chain link from the opposite direction.
Continue threading both laces down the necklace, crossing through every other chain link. The last link should be a threaded link (if your final chain link is an empty one, remove it). Glue and crimp the lace ends, then trim.
Make looped dangles by threading the crystal beads individually onto headpins and turning a loop above them. Find the centre chain link and add two star charms with a crystal dangle between them,
using jump rings. Add one star and one crystal dangle every second link out from the centre for five links on both sides. Add your toggle clasp to the necklace ends.
• • • • • • • • •
textured 1cm chain pink and lilac leather lace toggle clasp 12 x star charms 11 x headpins 25 x 5mm jump rings 11 x co-ordinating crystal oval beads 2 x folding cord ends E6000 glue
TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • sharp scissors • side cutters
CBJ11 pp42 Designer Gallery_CBJ 05/01/2011 11:18 Page 42
Each reader featured wins a jewellery kit kindly donated by The Bead Shop Scotland
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Be inspired by these fabulous designs and send your own creations in to us – we’d love to see them
BUTTON WATCH BY RUTH ANNETT FROM CO DOWN MATERIALS • • • • •
watch face rose button mix chain jump rings toggle clasp
MESMERIZE CUFF BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • niobium jump rings (from www.spiderchain.com) used in dragonscale chain maille weave • gold 18mm lobster clasp • 2 x gold 3-hole end bars
MEDO PERSIAN NECKLACE BY WENDY EAMES FROM DUMFRIESSHIRE MATERIALS • shiny anodised aluminium jump rings • lampwork beads
• headpins • spacer beads • toggle clasp
Don’t be shy! Share your creations with us and you could see them on our gallery pages! To submit your work for publication either email an image to email@example.com or send your project with a stamped addressed envelope for return to CB&J Gallery, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesﬁeld, Cheshire, SK10 4NL.
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CBJ11 pp44-47 Embossed Foil_CBJ 06/01/2011 09:26 Page 44
METAL-LOOK CHARMS EMBOSSED FOIL
travelling SU PENNICK DESIGNER
LIGHT create beautiful effects, which can range from subtle (where a pale colour coated foil has been used) to a more striking appearance achieved by sanding darker shades. This sanded, embossed surface can be used to produce pieces with a metal-plate effect, which can then be attached to beads, chain and cord to create unusual pieces of jewellery.
raft foil has been popular with many papercrafters and scrapbookers for some time now – it’s a versatile medium with a variety of decorative applications, and it makes the transition to jewellery making very easily. Craft foil products do vary between manufacturers, but
the foil is essentially aluminium-based with a coloured coating on one side. The thickness of the foil is such that it is easily embossed, either by hand or machine, while at the same time being sturdy enough to retain the embossed surface pattern. As long as the embossed foil is handled and applied to its intended surface
gently, the pattern will remain clear. The Ten Seconds Studio foil used here is available in several colours and is ideal for both hand and machine embossing. The coating of this particular foil can also be easily sanded away from the embossed areas, leaving the silver base foil to show through. This can
Embossing the foil using a die-cutting machine and embossing folders is the easiest and quickest way to decorate your foil. The foil is cut, by hand or die, to the size and shape required, then placed within the embossing folder. It’s a good idea to apply a small piece of repositionable tape to the back of the foil shape to hold it in place within the embossing folder as it can move around during handling. The folder is then run through a die-cutting machine. Once removed the embossed surface can be sanded with either a sanding block or emery board. You can remove as much of the
Create a striking metal-plate effect using paper and foil for a simple, lightweight alternative you can achieve in minutes, as Su Pennick demonstrates coloured coating as you desire. It’s worth experimenting to obtain the effect that you’re looking for. Heavier sanding gives a more aged, vintage look to your piece.
BACKING OPTIONS The embossed, sanded foil is attached to your choice of backing using extra-strength doublesided tape. The choice of backing is really up to the individual crafter – I used grunge paper here as it is easily die-cut and ﬂexible, and extremely lightweight. You could opt for chipboard (though it can be tougher to cut to smooth shapes and is not always suitable for die-cutting) or even pre-cut metal plates. After sticking the embossed foil to the backing, it is a good idea to smooth and ﬂatten the edges with a bone folder, or similar tool, to ensure that the embossing does not stick out too much and cause discomfort to the wearer. Sanding the edges of the foil is also necessary as cutting it can leave sharp edges. Application of a little silver ink neatens the edges and covers any joins between the different materials used.
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METAL-LOOK CHARMS EMBOSSED FOIL Don’t worry if your foil contains marks from the die after cutting – these will even out during the embossing process
TICKET TO RIDE BRACELET TO CREATE Cut squares of the two shades of craft foil to fit the chosen sections of the embossing folder. Cut grunge paper panels of the same size. Follow the Essential
Technique below to create five embossed foil panels. Punch four small holes in each of the panels – two, evenly spaced, along each of the side edges. Cut a short piece of silver wire and form a loop in the end. Thread on a bicone, trim the wire,
and form another loop, snug to the bead. Repeat to create eight beaded links in total. Attach two lobster clasps to the holes in one side of an embossed foil panel, using jump rings. Thread jump rings through the other holes in the panel and attach one beaded link
CRAFT FOIL CHARMS – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE Hand- or die-cut the shape you require – one layer from craft foil and a second from grunge paper. Emboss the foil by placing it in an
embossing folder and passing it through a die-cutting machine. Use a small amount of repositionable tape on the back to hold it in place while you do so.
Use a sanding block or emery board to remove the coating from the raised, embossed areas. Cover the grunge paper shape with
to each. Attach the other end of the links to a second embossed panel, using jump rings. Continue in this way until all the panels are connected together. Finish by adding jump rings to the holes at the end of the bracelet for fastening.
strong double-sided tape and stick the embossed foil shape to it. Use a bone folder to flatten down the edges of the foil, then sand them with a sanding
• Dark Chocolate and Mocha Ten Seconds Studio craft foil • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bingo and Patchwork Set embossing folder • emery board • Starlite Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpad • grunge paper • silver 7mm jump rings • silver 0.8mm wire • 8 x metallic 4mm bicone beads • 2 x silver lobster clasps
TOOLS • die-cutting machine • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • hole punch
block or emery board to smooth. Ink the edges and back of the grunge paper with a silver inkpad and punch connecting holes where required.
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METAL-LOOK CHARMS EMBOSSED FOIL DAY IN PARIS EARRINGS TO CREATE Use the smallest Nestabilities die to cut four ovals from craft foil and two from grunge paper. Follow the Essential Technique on page 45 to create two embossed foil ovals. Stick the other, plain foil ovals to the back of the grunge paper so the earrings will appear the same colour from the back when worn. Punch a hole in the top and bottom of each. Thread a seed bead, followed by a silver spacer and a bicone, onto a headpin. Trim the wire and form a loop. Attach this to the bottom of the embossed oval using a jump ring. Attach the top hole of the embossed oval to an ear wire using a jump ring. Repeat to complete the second earring.
MATERIALS • Dark Chocolate Ten Seconds Studio craft foil • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bingo and Patchwork Set embossing folder • Starlite Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpad
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emery board grunge paper silver 7mm jump rings 2 x silver headpins silver ear wires 2 x metallic 4mm bicone beads • 2 x silver spacer beads • 2 x clear silver-lined size 8 seed beads
PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES BAG CHARM
TOOLS • die-cutting machine • Spellbinders Nestabilities oval dies • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • hole punch
TO CREATE Cut rectangles of craft foil to fit the ‘post card’ and ‘Paris’ sections of the embossing folder. Cut identical rectangles of grunge paper – three in each size for
added strength. Follow the Essential Technique on page 45 to create embossed foil panels. Punch a hole in one end of each. Thread each of the headpins with a seed bead, a silver spacer and a bicone. Trim the wire and form a loop. Attach a beaded dangle to each of the embossed panels using a jump ring. Attach the third dangle to the ring of the charm hanger. Attach the jump ring of the smaller embossed panel to that of the larger one using another jump ring. Attach the jump ring of the larger panel to the charm hanger with a jump ring to finish.
2 3 4
MATERIALS • Dark Chocolate Ten Seconds Studio craft foil • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bingo and Patchwork Set embossing folder • emery board • Starlite Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpad • grunge paper • 3 x metallic 4mm bicone beads • 3 x silver spacer beads
• 3 x clear silver-lined size 8 seed beads • silver 7mm jump rings • 3 x silver headpins • charm hanger
TOOLS • die-cutting machine • Spellbinders Nestabilities oval dies • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • hole punch
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METAL-LOOK CHARMS EMBOSSED FOIL
• Dark Chocolate and Mocha Ten Seconds Studio craft foil • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bingo and Patchwork Set embossing folder • emery board • Starlite Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpad • grunge paper • silver 7mm jump rings • 3 x silver headpins • silver 0.8mm wire • 19 x metallic 4mm bicone beads • 35 x silver spacer beads • 35 x clear silver-lined size 8 seed beads • silver curb chain • silver lobster clasp
TOOLS • die-cutting machine • Spellbinders Nestabilities oval dies • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • hole punch
TRAVELLER NECKLACE TO CREATE Use the smallest Nestabilities die to cut two ovals from Mocha foil and two ovals from grunge paper. Use the next size of die to create an oval from Dark Chocolate foil and one from grunge paper. Follow the Essential Technique on page 45 to create three embossed ovals. Punch a hole at the top and bottom of each. Thread a seed bead, a silver spacer and a bicone onto a headpin, trim the wire and form a loop. Repeat to create two more dangles. Attach these to the
bottom of the three embossed ovals with jump rings. Create 16 beaded links by making a loop in the end of a short piece of silver wire, threading on a seed bead, a silver spacer, a bicone, another spacer and another seed bead, then trimming the wire and forming another loop. Attach all the beaded links together using jump rings and add a short length of chain to each end. Attach a lobster clasp to the end of one piece of chain with a jump ring, and a ring only to the other piece to fasten.
Attach the largest oval to the central jump ring of the chain
using a jump ring. Add one of the smaller ovals on each side to finish.
You will find that embossing the foil will shrink the overall size of the original cut piece slightly. Inking the edges of the grunge paper backing panel will cover any slight irregularities
WHERE TO BUY Craft foil, grunge paper and silver inkpads are available from www.craftbarnonline.co.uk The beads and findings used here can be bought online at www.abacusbeademporium.co.uk Embossing folders are available from www.kimscrafts.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER
ABOUT SANDY… Sandy at Sandstones International has many years’ experience in jewellery design, and buying beads and equipment from all over the world. She is particularly drawn to pearls, turquoise, coral and jade, and is always on the lookout for high-quality and interesting-shaped beads that inspire her to create beautiful jewellery.
into the COSMOS Give a galactic feel to your jewellery with chunky metallic-look nuggets and giant cotton pearls, made from coated papier mâché for a lovely semi-matte finish METEOR SHOWER NECKLACE
MATERIALS • 2 x silver 30mm round silver cotton pearls • hematite 30mm round cotton pearl • 2 x hematite 22x17mm oval cotton pearls • 2 x silver large nugget beads • 8 x silver small nugget beads • 5 x hematite 10mm plastic pearls • 5 x silver 10mm plastic pearls • 3 x hematite 18mm plastic pearls • 3 x silver 18mm plastic pearls • hematite 16mm plastic pearl • silver 16mm plastic pearl • 8 x blue crackle 8mm round glass beads • 7-strand 0.38mm Tigertail beading wire • silver-plated ellipseshaped toggle clasp • 2 x silver-plated clamshells • 2 x Silvertone crimps • silver-plated chain • 2 x Silvertone 6mm jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed and needle-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Cut two 22” lengths of Tigertail and thread both pieces of wire through a hematite round cotton pearl. Push the pearl to the centre point on the wires. Lay your work flat on the table in front of you and, working up the right side, thread an 18mm silver pearl onto one of the wires, and a blue crackle bead, a small silver nugget and a 10mm hematite pearl onto the other. Pass both lengths of Tigertail through a silver 30mm cotton pearl, then thread an 18mm hematite pearl
onto one strand and a blue crackle bead, a small nugget and a 10mm silver pearl onto the other. Pass both lengths through a large silver nugget, then thread an 18mm silver pearl onto one wire and a blue crackle bead, a small nugget and a 10mm hematite pearl onto the other. Pass both lengths through a hematite oval cotton pearl, then thread an 18mm hematite pearl onto one strand and a blue crackle bead, a small nugget and a 10mm silver pearl onto the other.
Pass both lengths through a 10mm silver pearl. Now work the left-hand side of the necklace in exactly the same way, but reversing the threading position of the 10mm and 18mm silver and hematite plastic pearls so that the necklace doesn’t look exactly symmetrical. When you have threaded on all the beads, play around with the tension until you are happy with the amount of exposed wire you can see.
On one side of the necklace, thread both pieces of Tigertail through a clamshell and a crimp bead. Squash the crimp using crimping pliers to trap the Tigertail, then close the clamshell to hide the crimp. Repeat for the other side of the necklace. Use round-nosed pliers to roll a loop on the tag on the clamshell, attaching a 1” length of silverplated chain as you do so. Repeat for the other side. Attach the toggle clasp components using 6mm jump rings.
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SANDSTONES TO CREATE Thread a blue crackle bead onto an eyepin, then use needle-nosed pliers to bend the pin over at 90º, close to the top of the bead. Trim the pin to about 7mm, then grip the top with round-nosed pliers and roll a loop. Using the same method, make two
MATERIALS • 2 x silver 10mm plastic pearls • 2 x hematite 10mm plastic pearls • 2 x blue crackle 8mm round glass beads • 2 x silver small nugget beads • 8 x Silvertone eyepins • Silvertone ear wires
TOOLS • round-nosed and needle-nosed pliers • side cutters
more eyepin charms – one with a silver pearl and one with a hematite pearl. Attach the pearl charms you made in Step 2 to the bottom loop of the blue crackle charm from Step 1. Open the loop on a new eyepin and attach it to the eye at the bottom the silver pearl charm. Thread on a silver nugget, then make a loop at the other end of this eyepin, attaching it to the eye at the bottom of the hematite pearl charm. Attach an ear wire to the top loop of the blue crackle charm. Make sure all the wire loops are closed securely. Repeat Steps 1-5 to complete the second earring.
WHERE TO BUY
All the materials used here are available from www.sand-stones.co.uk; 0845 224 0843 of the bead to secure. Thread on a 16mm hematite pearl and repeat Step 2. Repeat with a blue crackle bead, a small silver nugget, a 16mm hematite pearl, a 16mm silver pearl, a blue crackle bead and a large silver nugget. This is now the centre point of the bracelet, so reverse the threading pattern to give a symmetrical bracelet design. Finish by making a ribbon ruffle, securing it by passing the SuppleMax through the centre. Pull the SuppleMax fairly tight and tie a very large knot in it to finish. Trim away untidy ends of SuppleMax and dab on a small amount of GS Hypo
3 4 5 6 TO CREATE Tie a very large knot in the end of a 10” length of SuppleMax. Cut a 35” length of organza ribbon. Leaving a tail
for tying, ruffle the ribbon back and forth a few times, then poke the SuppleMax through the centre of this ruffle and pull through up to the knot. Thread on a
16mm silver pearl. Take the long end of the ribbon round the outside of the bead and thread the SuppleMax through the ribbon on the far side
Cement glue (or clear nail varnish) to secure the knots. The ribbon can be tied up permanently and the bracelet just slipped on and off the wrist for the sake of ease.
MATERIALS • clear 0.6mm SuppleMax strong nylon line • blue 6mm organza ribbon • silver large nugget bead • 2 x silver small nugget beads • 4 x hematite 16mm plastic pearls • 4 x silver 16mm plastic pearls • 4 x blue crackle 8mm round glass beads • GS Hypo Cement glue
TOOLS • sharp scissors
CBJ11 pp50 Beads Direct Comp_CBJ 05/01/2011 16:21 Page 50
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here are some lovely jewellery and beading supplies up for grabs this issue, courtesy of Beads Direct. Prizes include Beads Direct Black Sparkle bangle kits, Delightful Daisy earring kits, tool sets and a starter kit – plus 15 lucky readers will receive a £10 money-off voucher when they spend £40 or more on the Beads Direct website.
The first name out of the hat will receive: Black Sparkle bangle kit Delightful Daisy earring kit Jewellery-making starter kit Limited edition Pink Sparkle six-piece jewellery pliers set with case
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CBJ11 pp52-53 Bluebell_Beading 05/01/2011 11:20 Page 52
BLUEBELL DESIGN STUDIO
femme FATALE EMMA GORDON DESIGNER
The European 4-in-1 is a lovely, simple weave that is extremely versatile and perfect for creating interesting shapes. This triangular necklet, set off with pretty garnet gemstones, is delicate and feminine
ABOUT EMMA... Emma runs Bluebell Design Studio, based in Fife, which offers the widest variety of precious metal clay workshops in Scotland. She loves both working with, and teaching the art of, PMC, and really enjoys the reaction from her first-time students when they take a brass brush to newly fired silver! She regularly attends Masterclasses to keep advancing her skills and is the Communications Director for the Metal Clay Academy, an independent website that is an enormous resource for established PMC artists as well as beginner.s In addition to this, Emma is a member of the PMC Guild and is in the process of setting up a regional Scottish PMC Guild group.
WHERE TO BUY Sterling silver rings are available from www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk Beads and headpins can be bought online from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk
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BLUEBELL DESIGN STUDIO
Thread each of the beads individually onto a headpin and, use round-nosed pliers to create a wrapped loop close to the top of the bead (see Fig 1, below left). These will be hung from the tips of the triangles at a later stage. Close all 60 of the 3mm rings. Open all of the 7mm rings. Put four closed 3mm rings onto each of the large rings (Fig 2). Link seven 3.5mm rings together to form a chain. Connect the ends of the chain to two of the small rings on two of the links you created in Step 2 (Fig 3). Open another six 3.5mm rings.
Take the chain you made in Step 3 and hold on firmly to the medium and large jump rings at each end. Twist the right-hand ring towards you until you have three rings on top and four below (Fig 4). Take an open 3.5mm ring and link it through the first and second rings on the bottom row of four (Fig 5). Take another open 3.5mm ring and link it through the second and third rings on the bottom row of four (Fig 6). To complete the row, pass another open 3.5mm ring through the third and fourth rings on the bottom row of four
(Fig 7). This will complete the line and lock in the European 4-in-1 weave. You should be able to see the shape now. Add another row below this one, this time with two rings, connecting the open rings in the same way as above (Fig 8). Finish off your triangle by adding a final ring on the bottom row, complete with one of the garnet
charms you prepared in Step 1 (Fig 9). Repeat these steps until you have a chain of 14 completed beaded triangles. At one end of the necklet, attach a lobster clasp using a 3.5mm ring (Fig 10). Then to finish, attach a chain of 10 3.5mm rings, ending with another garnet charm, to the other end of your necklet (Fig 11).
TO CREATE For beginners, I’d suggest using a larger ring for the European 4-in-1 – possibly 4mm instead of 3.5mm – as the weave can be a bit fiddly if you are not used to chain maille
MATERIALS • 15 x sterling silver rings, id 7mm, 1.5mm • 60 x sterling silver rings, id 3mm, 1mm • 205 x sterling silver rings, id 3.5mm, 1mm • 15 x headpins
• 15 x garnet beads
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed pliers • round-nosed pliers • side cutters
CBJ11 pp54 Shopping Green_CBJ 06/01/2011 16:45 Page 54
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JAPANESE 11/0 LINED SEED BEADS
38MM LUCITE ROSE
2MM BUGLE BEADS
20X15MM GLASS TWIST BEAD
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CBJ11 pp56-61 Bead Challenge_CBJ 05/01/2011 11:28 Page 56
3 WAYS CHALLENGE
We asked a trio of talented designers to get busy with the same selection of jewellery blanks and findings – with delightfully different results!
CHALLENGE LINDSEY SAYS…
LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER
I’ve never made a ring using a blank like this before, but I love the cluster style I’ve seen other designers do so I thought I’d give it a go! I created the simple brooch design for subtle accessory effects, and purple is by far my favourite colour, so a purple cluster bracelet was a dream come true!
THIS ISSUE’S MIX... …is a functional but beautiful array of silver jewellery blanks and ﬁndings, including wire and chain. All the items featured were supplied by Empire Beads (www.empirebeads.co.uk)
PURPLE CLUSTER RING
TO CREATE Cut a 3” section of wire and attach one end to one of the ring loops. Feed your first couple of beads onto the wire and feed the wire through the next ring loop. Repeat this process until all the ring loops have been utilised, cutting further lengths of wire as needed. Attach another length of wire through the already attached wire and beads. Twist to secure. Add larger beads and turn the wire ends to create attractive spiral loops.
Cutting shorter lengths of wire for weaving makes life a lot easier. There’s less wire to feed through your jewellery loops and using shorter lengths means you can concentrate the design and add spirals
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • assorted purple beads
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TO CREATE Cut a 3” length of wire and wrap one end around the bracelet a couple of times to secure it. Feed your first couple of beads onto the wire and wrap the wire around the bracelet. Add more beads and wrap again to secure the wire. Cut and wrap another piece of wire, starting between the first two sets of beads. Add your beads, wrap, add more beads and secure. Continue in this fashion until all your base beads have been added. Attach more wire and add further beads for dimension, creating spiral ends for extra detail.
PURPLE CLUSTER BRACELET
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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • assorted purple beads
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
PURPLE SPIRALS BROOCH TO CREATE Thread a small bead onto a headpin and feed the pin through one of the brooch blank holes. Add a larger bead and secure by twisting the end of the head pin for a spiral finish. Repeat this process for the other two holes on the brooch blank. Cut a 3” length of wire and wrap it around the brooch between two of the larger beads. Feed smaller beads onto either end of the wire and finish with a spiral. Do this between the larger beads, adding an extra set and a larger bead at the opening end of the brooch.
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MATERIALS The wire may move around at first. Wrap it tightly around the bracelet and hold it firmly in place to begin with, and it will soon be secured as you add more beads and wire
• Bead Challenge mix • assorted purple beads
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE
SU PENNICK DESIGNER
SU SAYS… The silver findings, especially the fine cable chain, made me want to
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • 4 x pink large round glass beads • 5 x clear beads • 8 x silver spacer beads • 2 x silver crimp tubes • 2 x 5mm jump rings • frosted Shrinkles shrink plastic • pink inkpad
TOOLS • • • • • •
chain-nosed pliers crimping pliers die-cutting machine heat gun Cuttlebug heart die small circle punch
create delicate, feminine jewellery. I thought that it would be nice to make matching pink charms, rather than using more metal, to give the pieces a more modern feel.
HEART WRIST CHOKER TO CREATE Use the die-cutting machine to cut a heart shape from frosted shrink plastic. Punch a hole in it and colour the frosted side with pink ink. Use a heat gun to shrink the plastic.
Unscrew the bead from the end of the wrist choker and thread on a crimp tube. Thread on beads in the following order: clear bead, silver spacer bead, large pink round bead, silver spacer bead. Continue with this pattern until all the beads are used up. You should finish with a clear bead. Add a second crimp tube to the end of the beaded section.
Push the line of beads into position in the middle of the oval shape, opposite the fastener. Use crimping pliers to squeeze the crimp tubes around the wrist choker wire, holding the beads in place.
Attach a jump ring to the shrink plastic heart. Use a second jump ring to attach the heart to the wrist choker between two of the large round beads. Screw the bead back onto the end of the wire.
WHERE TO BUY Pink, clear and silver spacer beads are available from www.abacusbeademporium.co.uk Shrink plastic and inkpads are available from www.kimscrafts.co.uk
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE PINK HEART EARRINGS TO CREATE Use the die-cutting machine to cut two heart shapes from frosted shrink plastic. Punch a hole in each and colour the frosted side with pink ink. Use a heat gun to shrink the plastic. Create ear wires from two eyepins: Hold an eyepin to a mandrel of approximately 1cm diameter (a pen works just as well) with the thumb of one hand. The loop of the eyepin should be below your thumb and the end of the wire pointing upwards against a horizontal mandrel. Use chain-nosed pliers to bend the wire around the mandrel until it is parallel with the loop. Remove from the mandrel and trim any excess wire, if necessary.
Bend the end of the wire to shape it slightly and file smooth. Thread a headpin with a round filler bead, a silver spacer and a pink bicone. Trim the excess wire and form a loop. Attach this to a 5.5cm length of cable chain with a jump ring. Thread a second headpin with a pink bicone, a silver spacer, a large round bead and another silver spacer. Trim and form a loop. Attach this to a 3cm length of cable chain using a jump ring. Thread a third headpin with a pink bicone, a silver spacer, a large round bead, another silver spacer and another pink bicone. Trim and form a loop. Attach to a 1cm length of cable chain. Attach all three chains together with
• Bead Challenge mix • 10 x silver spacer beads • 8 x pink bicones • 4 x pink large round glass beads • silver 5mm jump rings • frosted Shrinkles shrink plastic • pink inkpad
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • die-cutting machine • heat gun • Cuttlebug heart die • small circle punch • small file
a jump ring. Connect this to a second jump ring containing a shrink plastic heart. Attach this jump ring to the ear wire with another jump ring. Repeat for the second earring.
Cut three lengths of cable chain of varying lengths. Split the longer two lengths of chain and attach each end to one of the beaded eyepins with jump rings. Attach the shortest chain to one end of a beaded eyepin. Attach the ends of each of the chains to the two outer loops of the kilt pin using jump rings. The beads should all hang at one side of the pin, as shown. Cut three more varying lengths of cable chain and attach a beaded headpin to each with a jump ring. Attach the other end of each chain to the kilt pin with a single jump ring. Use a jump ring to attach the shrink plastic heart to the centre loop on the kilt pin.
HEART & CHAINS KILT PIN
TO CREATE Use the die-cutting machine to cut a heart shape from frosted shrink plastic. Punch a hole in it and colour the frosted side with pink ink. Use a heat gun to shrink the plastic. Thread a silver filler bead, followed by a silver spacer, a pink bicone, a second silver
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • 12 x silver spacer beads • 6 x pink bicones • silver 5mm jump rings • frosted Shrinkles shrink plastic • pink inkpad
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • die-cutting machine • heat gun • Cuttlebug heart die • small circle punch
spacer and a second silver filler bead onto an eyepin. Trim the pin and form a loop. Repeat for another two eyepins. Thread a headpin with a silver filler bead, followed by a silver spacer and a pink bicone. Trim and form a loop. Repeat for the other two headpins.
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE
JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
• Bead Challenge mix • 3 x teal hand-painted flat diamond 17mm Millefiore beads • frosted teal silver-lined Toho size 8 round beads
TEAL DIAMOND KILT PIN TO CREATE
• round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
Cut a 15cm length of wire and bend it at 90º about 40mm from one end. Position your round-nosed pliers just above the bend and wrap the short wire end around the upper jaw, repositioning the pliers as necessary to make a complete rotation so that the wire returns to its original 90º position.
JUDITH SAYS... I love wirework projects so was thrilled with my selection of findings and silver wire. This 24-gauge wire is really versatile – thick enough to hold its form when fashioned into shapes and yet just fine enough to be suitable for wrapping.
WHERE TO BUY All the teal beads used here are available from www.thebeadstore.co.uk 60
Grasp the created loop with chainnosed pliers and wrap the short wire end around the main stem three times. Snip the end short, and thread on a Toho bead, the Millefiore bead and another Toho bead. Create a wrapped loop in the wire end, but before wrapping the stem attach it to the left-hand loop on the kilt pin. Squash the two snipped ends snug to the stem with the tips of your pliers. Repeat to make a second identical component, hanging it from the right-hand loop on the pin. Create
MATERIALS When wrapping components with a length of wire, getting started is the most difficult part. Start coiling as near to the end of the length of wire as you can, but once you have the wrapping underway you can trim off the starting end so that your coil has a neat beginning
a third component with three Toho beads either side of the Millefiore diamond, and hang this from the central loop on the kilt pin. Thread an eyepin with three size 8 Toho beads, then use round-nosed pliers to shape the very end of the pin into a loop. Grasp the loop flat in the jaws of your
flat-nosed pliers and rotate the wire around the loop to create a spiral shape, coiling it snug to the beads. Hang the swirl eyepin from the central Millefiore component on the kilt pin. Make two more swirl pins using a single Toho bead and hang these from the other Milleﬁore components.
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • teal white-speckled 17mm lentil bead • teal Czech glass dagger beads • frosted teal silver-lined Toho size 8 round beads • 2 x silver jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
SPECKLED TEAL BROOCH TO CREATE Cut four 10cm lengths of wire and thread them together through the lentil bead. Wrap one of the wires around the remaining three for about five rotations on each side of the bead. Snip the wrapping wire short and squash the end neatly to the wires.
Use round-nosed pliers to shape the very ends of the six wires into a loop. Grasp each loop flat in the jaws of your flat-nosed pliers and rotate the wire around the loop to create a spiral shape. Cut a 13-link length of chain and attach it to the two outer holes in the brooch pin using jump rings. Cut a 40cm length of wire and thread the lentil bead onto the centre of the wire. Position the bead centrally, flat against the brooch pin, and feed the two wire ends through the outer holes. Wrap the wires round and round the pin all the way to the ends, then snip the ends and squash neatly against the back of the pin.
Thread an eyepin with a Toho bead and create a large simple loop, snug to
the bead. Open the loop sideways and attach a dagger bead before closing. Create
two more dagger bead drops and hang them from the chain on the brooch. Starting just to the left of the eyepins, wrap a 15cm length of wire about four times around the bangle. Thread on a Toho bead, then wrap the wire around the bangle twice more, keeping the bead on the outer edge. Add another bead and make two more wraps. Repeat twice more, then wrap the wire around the bangle for four rotations before snipping the end short. Repeat the whole sequence once more to the left with a new length of wire. Repeat the same wrapping process on the right-hand side of the lozenge dangle. Use flat-nosed pliers to squash all the wire ends snug to the bangle, then adjust the position of the beaded coils so that the eyepins have just a little room to move.
TEAL LOZENGE BANGLE
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • teal foil-banded 18x13mm lozenge bead • aqua light jonquil-lined size 11 Toho round beads
TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Hold two eyepins snug together and wrap a short length of wire around them, right below the eyes. Thread on the lozenge bead and wrap a second length of wire
around the two pins below the bead. Use round-nosed pliers to form the end of each eyepin into a loop. Grasp each loop flat in the jaws of your flat-nosed pliers and rotate the wire
around the loop to create a spiral shape. Thread the focal lozenge bead onto the bangle by unscrewing the ball. Replace the ball but leave the bangle open.
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DEBBIE WOOD DESIGNER
ABOUT DEBBIE… Debbie is the owner of Bead Sparkle in Devizes. This brand-new bead shop stocks a great range of beads, including lots of metal beads, findings and charms, as well as offering workshops and children’s parties – and a beadaholic team on hand to give friendly advice. Debbie’s passion is wirework but she loves all things beady and her creative approach is simply to go wherever her mood takes her.
These gorgeous pieces mix chunky chain links and rings with glimmering pearls and sparkling crystals for a contemporary feminine look
BEAD CLUSTER BRACELET
MATERIALS Thread each bead individually onto a 25mm headpin. The exact number of beads you will need depends on your wrist size, but I suggest 5-6 beads per chain link, which is a total of 72 beads here. Using round-nosed pliers, start at the tip of the headpin and ‘roll’ the pin down to form a short coil. This is a quick technique, with
no cutting involved. Take a section of chain approximately 12 links long (or to fit your wrist), and open up those links. Thread 5-6 beaded pins onto each link, closing it securely before moving onto the next one. You can further embellish the bracelet if you wish, with ribbon threaded through the links or tied in bows for a
mixed media look. Add on a pretty toggle clasp to finish, using the oval jump rings – you will need to add two jump rings to the ‘bar’ part of the toggle to allow it to go easily through the opposite part of the clasp.
• approx 72 x assorted glass pearls and crystal beads • approx 72 x silver 25mm headpins • silver chain • silver clasp • 3 x silver 4x6mm oval jump rings • pink organza ribbon
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed (or bent-nosed) pliers
To create a more functional piece of jewellery, make up a length of chain with the same toggle finish, then add it to the bracelet to turn it into a necklace
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Bead Sparkle, 59 Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JJ; 01380 730977 64
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BEAD SPARKLE 1
SPARKLE RINGS NECKLACE 3
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed (or bent-nosed) pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Choose a mix of glitzy crystals and classy pearls. Turn each bead into a charm by threading it onto a 50mm headpin and turning a wrapped loop. Take a 1.5m length of large-link chain and deconstruct it! Carefully separate 44 links with
pliers, and reconstruct in chain-maille style by first closing up two links, then attaching four links through both of these. Repeat so that each section consists of four links, attached to the previous middle two. So that you don’t
• silver adjustable ring base or 0.8mm or 1mm wire • silver 25mm ball headpins • approx 50 x assorted beads • 10 x silver 5mm jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed (or bent-nosed) pliers
lose your place, tie a piece of coloured cord or ribbon to the starting point of two rings. Once you have your new 4x4 chain made up, go back to your first set of four rings and open up each of the outside links (one at a time).
TO CREATE This is the perfect piece for using up leftover beads from previous projects! Thread each bead onto a 25mm headpin and use the ‘roll down’ technique as with the Bead Cluster bracelet opposite. A ball pin will give a pretty finish. Open up 10 small 5mm jump rings. Thread three charms onto each jump ring and attach to a loop on a pre-cast adjustable ring in a random order (this is the easy way!)
• silver large-link chain • 44 x silver 50mm headpins • 44 x assorted glass pearls and crystal beads • 3 x silver 4x6mm oval jump rings • silver clasp
Slide on two of the charms made in Step 1 and close securely. Work your way down the length of the chain. Take two more sections of chain (to your desired length) and attach to each side of the necklace. Finally, add the clasp.
If you want to make your own ring base, cut a 25cm length of 0.8mm or 1mm diameter wire. Wrap the wire twice around a ring sizer, or experiment with suitably sized objects such as a lipstick or thick marker pen. Secure the wire by wrapping the end around the loops, then form some ‘anchor points’ by making several loops. Trim off any excess wire, leaving a short tail to wrap around the ring to secure. Attach the ‘bling’ as in Step 2.
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THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND
This gorgeous bracelet sparkles with shades of silver and purple under the light, making it a perfect statement piece for day or evening wear
LAVENDER JO LOCHHEAD DESIGNER
ABOUT JO… Jo Lochhead has been designing and making jewellery for more than 10 years. In 2004 she opened her first bead shop and now runs two ‘real’ shops and an online business. Many of the beads she sells are handmade individually by Jo, her sister or her partner Andy.
TO CREATE Cut a generous amount of Fireline (at least one ‘wing span’). Condition it with the wax. Thread on one size 8 seed bead and move it to around 30cm from the tail end of the thread. Pass the needle back up through this bead twice more, securing it to the
thread. This is your ‘stop bead’ and will keep your work secure. Thread on Magatamas to the required length of your bracelet. An average female wrist size is around 15cm but remember that the clasp accounts for around 2cm of this. Pass the needle back through the last Magatama on the row. Now pick up a Magatama, six size 8 seed beads, a crystal bicone and three
Using microcrystalline wax to condition the Fireline thread makes it easier to work with, produces a firmer piece of beadwork and also adds longevity to your jewellery
Charlotte beads. Pass the needle back through the bicone only and pull tight. The three Charlottes should form a picot above the crystal. Thread on another six size 8 seed beads and a Magatama. Pass the thread through the next Magatama on the row. Repeat Step 3, substituting the 4mm bicone for an 8mm crystal pearl. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 right along the row to the end. When you reach the end of the row, pass the needle and thread all the way back along the base row, exiting at the opposite end. You can now sew half
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk; 01620 822886 of the clasp onto this end by sewing through the last bead in the row, then sewing through the loop in the clasp and repeating this step until the clasp is firmly attached. Unpick the thread from the stop bead and remove the bead. Attach the other half of the clasp to the bracelet using the tail thread. Finish off the threads by passing them down through a few beads at a time, knotting between beads as you go. Very carefully snip the excess thread.
MATERIALS • 2 x silver metallic Magatama bead packs (MA4 1051) • 2 x transparent Grey Iris size 8 seed bead packs (8-92440) • 50 x Light Grey 8mm Swarovski crystal pearls • 40 x Lilac 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones • 2g sterling silver-plated size 15 Japanese Charlotte beads • clasp • Fireline beading thread • microcrystalline wax
TOOLS • sharp scissors • size 12 beading needles
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Take inspiration from these lovely designs and send your own creations in to us – we’d love to see them
TUT TUT NECKLACE BY WENDY EAMES FROM DUMFRIESSHIRE MATERIALS • anodised niobium rings • bronze rings • headpins • Swarovski crystals • lobster clasp
BUTTERFLY BRACELET BY SARA MARK MATERIALS • red Czech crystals • jump rings • trigger clasp
MERRY BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • • • •
champagne rings used in half Persian 4-in-1 chain weave 4mm Swarovski crystals wine charms decorative toggle clasp
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• eyepins • copper-plated butterfly charm
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JENNY’S BEAD BOX
Low-temperature enamelling powders are a quick and budget-friendly way of achieving fantastic colours and textures on your pendants, as Jenny Williams demonstrates
JENNY WILLIAMS DESIGNER
ABOUT JENNY… Jenny is a self-taught jewellery designer from Manchester who also sells a wide range of beads, tools and findings via her website. She particularly enjoys working with metal and is keen to explore the possibilities of precious metal clay.
MATERIALS • 76cm brown polyester chain • 25cm brown Elastoma 1mm stretch cord • 5 x copper cat blanks • 5 x pale creamy pink opaque 7mm glass round beads • 10 x antique gold finish 8mm jump rings • 5 x antique gold finish 50mm headpins • Ivory, Sand, Cognac, Light Green and Copper Glitter Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders • superglue
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed or needle-nosed pliers • side cutters • scissors • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for the powder tubes
CAT CHARM BRACELET TO CREATE
Enamel the back of each cat, following the Essential Technique instructions opposite. Use a different opaque colour for each of the first four, and for the fifth sprinkle Copper Glitter powder over a base of Cognac powder before firing both enamel layers simultaneously.
Repeat for the front of each cat, remembering to use the firing stand rather than the flat plate this time, and matching the colours with those used for the backs. Thread the brown Elastoma through the polyester chain, scrunching as you go to make a bungee-type bracelet. Tie a double
overhand knot in the Elastoma, making sure that the bracelet fits your wrist, and dab on superglue to secure. Use scissors to cut one end link of the polyester chain, connect it to the link at the other end, then dab on superglue to seal the cut link closed again. Use jump rings to attach the cat
charms at roughly equal intervals around the bracelet. Make five beaded headpins by threading the glass round beads individually onto pins and turning a loop above each one. Use jump rings to attach these between the cat charms.
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JENNY’S BEAD BOX TO CREATE
Enamel the back of the elephant, following the Essential
Technique below. Apply stripes of the Light Green, Ivory and Sand powders, then fire all
three colours together. Repeat for the front, but this time sprinkle Brown Texture
powder sparingly over the top of all three stripes – you may find it easier to achieve this
ELEPHANT KEY CHAIN
if you hold the tube further away to get a lighter coverage. Open a 5mm jump ring, slide on two more rings and close. Link another jump ring to the pair of rings, and repeat until you have a chain comprising nine links made up of two rings each. Connect one end of the jump ring chain to the 20mm split ring, and use the 8mm jump ring to connect the other end of the chain to the hanging loop on the elephant pendant.
MATERIALS • copper elephant blank • 20mm split ring • 18 x antique gold finish 5mm jump rings • antique gold finish 8mm jump ring • Ivory, Sand, Light Green and Brown Texture Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders
WHERE TO BUY All the beading and enamelling materials used here are available from www.jennysbeadbox.co.uk; 0845 165 0339
Clean the surface of the copper blank, using sandpaper or an abrasive block, and place on the metal U-strip. Sprinkle with one or more colours of Efcolor powder as desired, using a sieve
top to ensure good, even coverage. Use a spatula to transfer the piece to a firing plate or stand (the stand is used when one side has already been enamelled, to prevent the piece from sticking
to the firing plate). Place the firing plate and powdercovered blank onto the stove (or into an oven at 160ºc), and fire with the lid on for 4-6 minutes before removing carefully with tweezers or a wooden peg. Use a craft punch to make a card
stencil, and apply a contrasting powder on
USING ENAMELLING POWDERS – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed or needle-nosed pliers • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for the powder tubes
top of a previously fired layer. Fire as before.
Decorative effects, such as texture powders, can be applied before or after the initial firing
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JENNY’S BEAD BOX MATERIALS • 5 x copper 2-hole donut blanks • 6 x antique gold finish 8mm jump rings • antique gold finish 15mm trigger clasp • Ivory, Sand, Cognac, Light Green, Brown Texture and Copper Glitter Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed or needle-nosed pliers • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for the powder tubes • craft punch with leaf pattern • scrap card
Enamel the back of each donut, following the Essential Technique on page 73. Use a different opaque colour for each of the first four, and for the fifth sprinkle Copper Glitter powder over
a base of Cognac powder before firing both layers simultaneously. Repeat for the front of each donut, remembering to use the firing stand rather than the flat plate this time, and matching the colours with those used for the backs. Use the leaf punch to make a stencil from scrap card. Place this on top of one of the donuts, making sure that it covers approximately half of the ring, and sprinkle with Brown Texture powder to completely cover the leaf pattern. Carefully lift the card stencil away from the donut and fire as before, using the firing stand again. When cool, repeat the stencilling process on the other half of the donut front, this time using the opaque Ivory
LINKED DONUT BRACELET
powder. Fire the piece once again. Repeat Steps 3-5 for each remaining donut. Use Brown Texture and Ivory
powders for all the stencils, except for those on the Ivory piece, which should be Brown Texture and opaque Light Green.
the first leaf pattern shows through. Make the cotton cord into a large loop, and tie a slip knot at one end to attach to the other end of the cord. Repeat on the other side of the necklace. On each side of the necklace, wind the cord ‘tail’ around the main cord three times, then tie another slip knot. Apply a drop of superglue to each knotted portion to secure and, when dry, trim the excess cord using scissors. Make a chain from 14 of the jump rings, using two rings for each link. Attach the pair of rings at each end to the necklace, and attach the pendant to the central pair using the remaining single jump ring.
Enamel the back of the pendant, using Ivory powder and following the Essential Technique on page 73. Once the pendant is cool, sprinkle the front alternately with Ivory and Sand powder, making sure the colour builds up gradually to give a subtle mottled appearance. Add a very light dusting of Brown Texture powder and fire the piece, after which you should end up with a beautiful, almost stone-like finish. Use the punch to make a stencil, then place this over the pendant and sprinkle Cognac and Copper Glitter powders before firing again. Repeat with Brown Texture powder, but offset the stencil slightly so that
2 MATERIALS • copper triangular blank with rounded corners • 15 x antique gold finish 8mm jump rings • 1m brown 1.5mm cotton cord • Ivory, Sand, Cognac, Copper Glitter and Brown Texture Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders • superglue
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed or needle-nosed pliers • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for the powder tubes • craft punch with leaf pattern • scrap card • scissors
Use jump rings to connect the donuts together via the drilled holes, and attach the trigger clasp at one end to complete your bracelet.
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JENNY’S BEAD BOX SKELETON LEAF NECKLACE TO CREATE
Enamel the back and front of each blank. Use Cognac powder on the large blank, Ivory for two of the smaller blanks and Sand for the remaining pair. Place the skeleton leaf on top of one of the Ivory pieces and, holding the tube fairly high, carefully apply a light dusting of the Sand colour. Lift the leaf away – you should now have a subtle but attractive leaf pattern on the surface. If you don’t like the result, simply wipe the powder off and have another go! Fire the piece once you’re completely happy. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the other Ivory piece, then do the same for the two Sand pieces (sprinkle with Cognac powder) and the large Cognac piece (sprinkle with Ivory). Slide a wooden bead onto an eyepin, make a wrapped loop and trim to give a beaded unit with a simple loop on one side and a wrapped loop on the other. Repeat to make 24 beaded units in total. Link 10 of the beaded units into a chain by opening and closing the ‘eyes’. Now make a second identical chain. Connect the Cognac piece to each of the Sand pieces via an 8mm jump ring attached to one of the single beaded units. Then connect the Sand pieces to the Ivory
MATERIALS • copper 2-hole medium round blank • 4 x copper 2-hole small round blanks • 9 x antique gold finish 8mm jump rings • 9 x antique gold finish 5mm jump rings • antique gold finish 15mm trigger clasp • 4 x antique gold finish 50mm headpins • 28 x white wooden 6mm round beads • 24 x antique gold finish 50mm eyepins • Ivory, Sand and Cognac Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed or needle-nosed pliers • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for the powder tubes • skeleton leaf (to use as stencil)
pieces in the same way. Use 8mm jump rings to connect the chains from Step 6 to the Ivory pieces. Use an 8mm jump ring to attach the clasp to one end of the necklace. Make an
extender chain by connecting the 5mm jump rings together, and attach this to the other end with an 8mm jump ring. Slide a wooden bead onto a headpin, make a
wrapped loop above the bead, and trim. Open the last 5mm ring in the extender chain, thread on the beaded headpin and close again. Make three more beaded
headpins, leaving different lengths before turning the wrapped loops. Slip these onto an 8mm jump ring, and use another 8mm ring to attach it to the drilled hole in the large Cognac piece.
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RUTH HUGHES DESIGNER
ABOUT RUTH… Ruth Hughes is the founder of The Beadster in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and has been passionate about beads and beading for many years. She turned her hobby into a business in 2007, and loves helping people to get the most out of their beading budget!
PINK champagne Right on-trend in soft pink with the frosty shimmer of aurora borealis, this beautiful beginner-friendly set will look great with casual chunky knits or dressed up for a glamorous night out NECKLACE TO CREATE
Using two crimps, crimp a 0.5m length of Tigertail to the lobster clasp and string a silver rondelle, an opaque pink rondelle and a cube. Now string the main body of the necklace, repeating the following sequence 11 times: silver rondelle, opaque pink rondelle, silver rondelle, cube, silver rondelle, opaque pink rondelle, silver rondelle, bead cap, 14mm pale pink pearl, bead cap. Finish beading the necklace as you began with the same pattern of cubes and rondelles. Complete by using two crimps to attach the Tigertail to the split ring.
Go dark and dramatic by swapping pale pink for black!
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Beadster, Sun & Moon Cottage, Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JW; www.thebeadster.com; 01747 858719
• 52 x silver 2x4mm glass rondelles • 26 x opaque pink 2x4mm glass rondelles • 14 x clear 4mm glass cubes with AB plating • 11 x pale pink 14mm glass pearls • 22 x silver 12mm bead caps
• • • •
silver lobster clasp silver 6mm split ring 4 x silver crimps Tigertail
TOOLS • side cutters • chain-nosed or crimping pliers
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THE BEADSTER BRACELET
MATERIALS • 12 x pale pink 10mm glass pearls • 36 x pale pink 6mm glass pearls • 65 x silver 2x4mm glass rondelles • 20 x clear 4mm glass cubes with AB plating • silver 3-strand sliding clasp • 6 x silver crimps • Tigertail
• side cutters • chain-nosed or crimping pliers
Cut three 30cm strands of Tigertail, and crimp one strand to the centre loop of one part of the threestrand clasp. Thread on a 10mm pale pink pearl, then repeat the following sequence five
To lengthen or shorten the bracelet, above, string the central strand to fit your wrist and crimp both ends. Then adjust the outer strands by adding or omitting beads
times: silver rondelle, cube, silver rondelle, 10mm pearl, silver rondelle, 10mm pearl. Finish the centre strand with a silver rondelle, a cube, another silver rondelle and a 10mm pearl. Crimp to the centre loop of the
other part of the threestrand clasp. Crimp one of the two remaining strands of Tigertail to one of the outside loops of the clasp. String a 6mm glass pearl, then repeat the following sequence seven times: silver rondelle, pearl,
rondelle, pearl, rondelle, cube. Complete with a rondelle, a pearl, another rondelle, another pearl, a final rondelle and a final pearl, and crimp to the other part of the clasp. Repeat to complete the third strand.
Thread a rondelle, a 14mm pearl, a rondelle, an 8mm pearl and a third rondelle onto a headpin. Trim the pin, leaving enough length to roll a neat loop, and attach it to the ear wire before closing. Repeat to complete the matching earring.
MATERIALS • 2 x pale pink 8mm glass pearls • 2 x pale pink 14mm glass pearls • 6 x silver 2x4mm glass rondelles • silver ear wires • 2 x silver headpins
TOOLS • side cutters • round-nosed and chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
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RIBBONS & BOWS Add texture to your projects with haberdashery flair, thanks to this lovely selection of ribbons 1
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9MM ORGANZA SHEER Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: 14p per metre
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RIBBON NECKLACE WITH STS CLASP Stockist: The Bead Shop (Nottingham) www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Tel: 0115 958 8899 RRP: £2.50
MESH RIBBON Stockist: The Bead Shop (Nottingham) www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Tel: 0115 958 8899 RRP: £3.75 per metre
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BIG BEAD LITTLE BEAD
FORGET ANNA WELLER DESIGNER
ABOUT ANNA… From a background studying theatre design and costume history, Anna now focuses her creative energies on jewellery design and the online bead shop www. bigbeadlittlebead.com. Big Bead Little Bead prides itself on offering vintage and one-off artist-made beads not available elsewhere.
MATERIALS • 114 x crystal silver-lined size 11 seed beads • 42 x teal blue silverlined size 11 seed beads • 28 x aqua 4mm fire polished Czech glass round beads • 13 x aqua 11.5mm glass flower beads • 13 x silver-plated 8mm filigree bead caps • 4 x Capri Blue Preciosa 4mm crystal bicones • 3 x Aqua Preciosa 4mm crystal bicones • 6 x Peridot Preciosa 4mm crystal bicones • silver-plated 3-strand box clasp • 16 x silver-plated 5-hole 17mm spacer bars • 14 x silver-plated 38mm eyepins • 16 x silver-plated 7x3mm S-links • 4 x silver-plated 4mm jump rings • white Nymo (size D)
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • snippers • beading needle
This oh-so-pretty aqua bracelet combines lovely layered flowers with movement and sparkle to bring it to life
Thread a five-hole spacer bar onto an eyepin, using the top hole. Add a teal blue seed bead, an aqua round bead, another teal seed bead, another aqua round bead, a third teal seed bead and another five-hole spacer bar. Use chain-nosed pliers to bend the pin at 90° after the second spacer bar, then turn a loop the same size as the eye at the other end of the pin. Take another eyepin, thread it through the bottom hole in the spacer bar and repeat the process to create a ‘square’. Repeat until you have made seven of these squares. Use pliers to open and close the S-links, attaching them to the loops at each end of the eyepins to join up the squares in a ‘chain’. Then add another fivehole spacer bar to each end of your bracelet. Undo the box clasp and attach the pieces to the ends of the bracelet – use 4mm jump rings to connect the outer loops on the clasp components to the second and fourth loops on the space bars. Cut a 70cm length of Nymo. Double it up and use it to thread your beading needle so that
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.bigbeadlittlebead.com; 01462 438233
the cut ends are nearest the needle. Use a lark’s head knot to attach the thread to the middle hole of the five hole spacer bar at one end of the bracelet (pass the thread through the hole, then pass the needle back through the loop created behind the spacer bar and pull tight). Thread on five silver-lined crystal seed beads then pass the needle through the middle hole of the next spacer bar.
Thread on four silver-lined crystal seed beads, a glass flower, a filigree bead cap and a Capri Blue Preciosa crystal. Pass the thread back through the bead cap and the flower and adjust the tension so the flower sits tight to the seed beads. Thread on another four seed beads, then pass the thread through the middle hole of the next spacer bar. Repeat Step 5 along the length of the bracelet, with
the following sequence of crystals as your flower centres: Peridot, Aqua, Peridot, Capri Blue, Peridot, Aqua, Peridot, Capri Blue, Peridot, Aqua, Peridot, Capri Blue. Finish with five silver-lined crystal seed beads on the final section of the bracelet, then tie off the thread using the middle hole of the final five-hole spacer. Pass the thread back through the last few seed beads, tie another knot, and trim.
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Image supplied by Beads Unlimited, www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777
The Bead Shop Manchester offers beading classes Monday to Saturday. Classes cover a range of experience levels from total beginners, and include making tiaras, bead weaving, wire wrapping and hair combs. The team can also cater for birthday and hen parties. All the classes are held in the new workshop next door to the shop in Afflecks Palace, 52 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PW, and there is a 10% discount on all purchases made in the shop after the class. To book a class or for more details, ring the shop on 0161 833 9950 or go to www. the-bead shop.co.uk
Bedazzle Beads in West Yorkshire runs Stay & Make sessions through the week and on Saturday mornings. The team also runs Beginners’ Workshops on Saturday afternoons, covering how to make a necklace, bracelet and a pair of earrings for just £20, which includes the cost of materials. New Monthly Projects are added every month and run on Sundays from 11am. For full details, including of the shop’s recent move, visit www.bedazzlebeads.co.uk or call 01924 408273 84
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Deborah Beads, The Barn, Donyland Farm, Fingringhoe Road, Colchester, Essex CO5 7JL Tel: 07817582904 email: email@example.com
Deborah Beads is more than just a bead shop! Set in a beautiful converted barn, on the outskirts of Colchester town centre, you will ﬁnd thousands of beads and ﬁndings, including Gemstones, Fresh Water Pearls, Crystals, Lampwork and many, many more. Finished pieces are also available to buy for that special gift. Come and learn how to make your own jewellery at Deborah Beads where we offer a huge range of workshops, starting at just £20 including:
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Beginners lessons Clusters and Charms Wire Wrapping Beaded Cuffs Tiara Making Silver Art Clay
Deborah Beads has recently been extended so we now have loads and loads of new beads and ﬁndings on display and with ample free parking right outside, it doesn't matter if you while away an hour or two in our lovely barn.
Coming in the New Year some really exciting new workshops in Enamalling, Lampwork Beads and Fused Glass. Dates and details for all our lessons are on our website www.deborahbeads.co.uk
Deborah Beads is open weekdays (except Wednesday) 10am till 5pm and Saturdays 10am till 5pm, so why not pop along and see our shop and even book a lesson for a new hobby to see you through the dark winter nights. Childrens parties are a big hit at Deborah Beads where they get to make their own jewellery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The online shop is now live, www.deborahbeadsonline.co.uk, with more items being added in the New Year, so even if you can't visit the shop, you can still buy some of the amazing beads and ﬁndings over the internet. Mail order is also available so just give us a ring if you can't ﬁnd what you are looking for.
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KILN BEADS GLASS PAINTS
PAINTING JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
ibre paper is used in large kiln-formed glasswork to create dimension and relief. It is available in different thicknesses, the most common being 3mm and 6mm. For small jewellery projects created in a microwave kiln, combining its use with glass paints allows you to add small custom-shaped and colour-ﬁlled recesses to the back
& decorating Using scissors, fibre paper and paint, you can create wonderful shapes and colours in your glass pendants with a minimum of fuss. Judith Hannington reveals how
of your glass pieces. This can be a great alternative to cutting intricate glass shapes that require the use of more than just a simple hand glasscutting tool, and you can achieve a variety of different effects with the paints. Fibre paper can be cut by hand using either scissors or a craft knife, so you can form any shape you desire. As jewellery projects are worked
on a fairly small scale, especially when formed in a microwave kiln, for best results it is advisable to stick to simple shapes that the glass can easily mould to. You want to take advantage of creating curves so circles and hearts are a great choice, but straight-edged recesses can also be effective, especially in pieces formed using decorative glass and
with creative use of the glass paints. Clear glass is the best option for creating the most impact with this technique – it will work with lightcoloured transparent glasses, but the effect will be subtler. Decorative glass is a great option for adding extra interest and, by choosing styles with a small pattern, you will be able to make the
most of your purchased piece. The one downside to using clear glass is that you cannot use glue on bails as they will be visible through the design. One route around this, particularly with brooch designs, is to make the recessed painted area slightly larger than the pin mount so that it will be hidden. For pendants and key fobs, the best option is to drill a hole through your finished piece. This is very simple to do using a 2mm diamond drill bit. It is best to have the glass sitting in a tiny amount of water to keep everything cool (take care to shield the electrical outlet and the plug from splashes of water). Drilling slowly will also prevent over-heating and will reduce the stress exerted on the glass – a little patience here will lead to consistent success and neat holes, and will extend the life of your drill bit dramatically. I use an electric Proxxon tool for drilling as it is lightweight and really easy to handle.
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KILN BEADS GLASS PAINTS TRANSPARENT HEART PENDANT beginner
Exactly the same method is used to make this ﬂower pendant, which is hung from a chunky pink silk cord necklace using a pinch bail.
WHERE TO BUY
TO CREATE To make the heart pendant, cut a 27x30mm piece of 2mm clear glass and an identical-sized piece of 3mm clear glass. Hand-cut a small heart shape from fibre paper. Position it on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base with the clear glass pieces stacked on top. Follow the Essential Technique steps below to fuse, clean
and drill your glass. Use a very fine paintbrush to apply three dots of pink paint to the heart. Once dry, apply top-coat paint and again set aside to dry. Open up the pinch bail, slide it onto the glass and squeeze shut so that the pins line up in your drilled hole. Thread the snake chain through the bail, ready to wear.
The Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit used here contains all the fusing equipment you require (bar glass breaking pliers and a microwave oven) and is available from www.madcowbeads.com
Bullseye glass can be purchased from www.glassstudiosupplies.co.uk
Findings, silver wire and beads are available from www.beadsunlimited.co.uk Lefranc & Bourgeois water-based glass and tile paints, plus protective top-coat paint, can be bought online at www.homecrafts.co.uk
MATERIALS • clear Bullseye 90coe 2mm and 3mm glass • 3mm fibre paper • kiln paper • pink opaque glass paint • transparent top-coat glass paint • silver 1.9mm snake chain • silver pinch bail
TOOLS • Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit • microwave oven • glass breaking pliers • electric drill and 2mm diamond drill bit
USING FIBRE PAPER & GLASS PAINTS – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE Cut or punch your chosen shape(s) from fibre paper. Place them on kiln paper on your kiln base and top with your pieces of glass. ‘Cook’ the glass in your microwave until fully fused, then remove the kiln and
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allow to cool for a minimum of one hour before taking off the lid. Leave the glass until completely cold, then remove all the kiln and fibre paper residues from the reverse of the glass and the recessed areas.
If required, position the glass on a wet piece of kitchen towel in a shallow container and drill a bail hole. Wash and dry the glass thoroughly, then apply glass paint using a dripping action, tipping the glass or pushing the paint ahead
of your brush to encourage it to spread. Do not ‘paint’ the colour on as you risk spreading it up and over the edges of the recess. Once dry, apply a layer of top-coat paint to protect your design and leave to
fully cure for three days before attaching your bail or finding and creating your finished piece. Here, I used a folded length of wire and threaded it through the bail hole in a lark’s head knot, ready to create a wrapped loop.
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KILN BEADS GLASS PAINTS SLIM DOTTY PENDANT beginner
MATERIALS • pink Bullseye 90coe 3mm stringer & frit decorative glass • clear Bullseye 90coe 2mm glass • 3mm fibre paper • kiln paper • pink opaque glass paint • transparent top-coat glass paint • pink 1mm cotton cord • silver 24-gauge (0.6mm) wire • light pink and dark pink miracle beads • silver coil ends • silver lobster clasp
TOOLS • hole punch tool • Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit • microwave oven • glass breaking pliers • electric drill and 2mm diamond drill bit • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
INITIAL KEY FOB beginner
TO CREATE Cut a 13x35mm piece of decorative glass and an identical piece of clear glass. Punch three dots from fibre paper using the hole punch and arrange these on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base, with the clear glass and then the decorative glass stacked on top. Follow the Essential Technique on page 87 to fuse, clean and drill your glass. Apply pink glass paint to the dots and leave until dry. Apply top-coat paint and again set aside to dry. Prepare the bail with a lark’s head knot, as shown in the Essential Technique, using a 15cm length of wire. Snip one end of the wire about 7mm from the glass, then create a wrapped loop with the long end,
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• pink & purple Bullseye 90coe 3mm stringer & frit decorative glass • clear Bullseye 90coe 3mm glass • 3mm fibre paper • kiln paper • pink and white opaque glass paints • transparent top-coat glass paint • silver 24-gauge (0.6mm) wire • keyring finding
TOOLS • Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit • microwave oven • glass breaking pliers • electric drill and 2mm diamond drill bit • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
Cut an 18x30mm piece of decorative glass with the lower edge angled, and an identical piece of clear glass. Cut a piece of fibre paper smaller than, but the same shape as, the glass. Position on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base, with the clear glass and then the decorative glass stacked on top. Follow the Essential Technique steps on page 87 to fuse and clean your glass. Mix a little pink paint with some white paint in a small container and drip the
TO CREATE Cut a 28x33mm piece of decorative glass and an identical piece of clear glass. Cut your chosen letter from fibre paper. Position it on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base with the clear glass and then the decorative glass stacked on top. Follow the Essential Technique on page 87 to fuse, clean and drill your glass. Mix a little pink paint with some white paint in a small container and use this to colour the letter. Once dry, apply top-coat paint and again set aside to dry. Prepare the bail with a lark’s head knot, as shown in the Essential Technique, using a 15cm length of wire. Snip one end of the
wrapping the wire down around the short end and the main stem to secure them together. Snip the wire end short and squash it snug to the stem. Create two tight coils of wire by wrapping it around the very tip of your roundnosed pliers, making sure the ends are snug so they won’t catch on the wearer’s clothing. Cut a piece of cord about 3cm longer than the desired necklace length and thread it with the silver coils, miracle beads and the pendant as shown, tying a simple knot between each component. Tie a knot about 1cm from the ends of the cord and insert the ends into the silver coils. Squash the last rotation of wire snug to the cord to secure and finish with a lobster clasp on one coil.
wire about 5mm from the pendant, then create a wrapped loop with the long end, wrapping the wire down around the short end and the main stem to secure
them together. Snip the wire end short and squash it snug to the stem, then attach the wrapped loop to the jump ring on the keyring finding.
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KILN BEADS GLASS PAINTS DOTTY FLOWER PENDANT intermediate
TO CREATE Cut a 28mm-square piece of 2mm clear glass and an identical piece of 3mm glass. Punch six circles from fibre paper. Position the dots to form a flower shape on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base, then stack the clear glass pieces on top. Follow the Essential Technique on page 87 to fuse, clean and drill your glass. Use a very fine paintbrush to apply a dot of pink paint to each recessed circle and set aside to dry. Apply a thin layer of top-coat paint over the dots and leave to dry. Mix a little pink paint with some white paint in a small container and use a
paintbrush to drip the colour into the dots, allowing it to merge between them. Once dry apply another thin layer of top coat paint and again set aside to dry. Cut a piece of cord twice the length of the desired necklace, fold it in half and thread miracle beads onto the loop. Thread the loop onto your pendant using a lark’s head knot and arrange so that the beads sit just above the glass, then separate the cord ends and lay on your work surface as shown
in Fig 1, below. Create a sliding knot in the side of the cord nearest to you as follows, referring to Fig 2: Holding the two cords together in your left hand at point A, bring the end of the cord round behind your fingers and wrap in two or three loose coils around both cords. Thread the cord end through the loops you have created and pull snug. Repeat for the free cord end on the other side of the necklace, then snip both short ends close to the knot to finish.
• clear Bullseye 90coe 2mm and 3mm glass • 3mm fibre paper • kiln paper • pink and white opaque glass paints • transparent top-coat glass paint • pink 1mm cotton cord • light pink and dark pink miracle beads
TOOLS • Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit • microwave oven • hole punch tool • glass breaking pliers • electric drill and 2mm diamond drill bit
MATERIALS NEED TO KNOW
• pink Bullseye 90coe 3mm stringer & frit decorative glass • clear Bullseye 90coe 2mm glass • 3mm fibre paper • kiln paper • pink, purple and white opaque glass paints • transparent top-coat glass paint • 20mm brooch pin • 2-part epoxy glue
TOOLS • Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit • microwave oven • glass breaking pliers
colour into the very top of the recess. Mix a little more pink into the paint and drip a second band of colour below the first. Continue in this way, making the paint darker using pink
and then purple paint and adding a band of colour to the recess in the glass until you reach the bottom. To top up the paint on the glass and ensure it flows right to the edges of the recess,
pour a small stripe of top-coat paint along the recess and gently tip the glass from side to side to encourage it to spread – do not use a brush as you will distort the coloured stripes.
Once dry, apply top-coat paint over the entire surface of the recessed area and again set aside to dry. Mix up a small quantity of epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s
Fibre paper should be handled with care – gloves are advisable especially if you have sensitive skin – and once fired a dust mask should be worn to avoid inhaling any fibre particles
instructions and attach the brooch pin to the reverse of the glass over the painted area so that it will be completely invisible from the front. Set aside in a level position to dry.
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Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects
OPENING AND CLOSING JUMP RINGS
Grip the jump ring on each side of the 1 opening using pliers â€“ either two pairs of flat-nosed, or one flat-nosed and one
To open the jump ring, bring one pair 2 of pliers towards you, opening the jump ring like a door rather than pulling
Slide your component onto the ring, 3 then reverse the action of your pliers to bring the ends neatly back together.
FORMING A PLAIN LOOP This is the simplest way of creating a loop on a headpin, eyepin or a length of wire, ready for connecting to other components.
Trim the wire end to 1cm above the Grip the tip of the wire using roundRelease the wire, rotate the pliers back 1 2 3 last bead, and make a 90Âş bend close to nosed pliers, and rotate the pliers away towards you and grip the wire again. the bead using a pair of chain-nosed or from you to start curling the wire. Continue rotating the wire and repositioning flat-nosed pliers.
your pliers until the loop is formed.
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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES CREATING A WRAPPED LOOP A wrapped loop is stronger than a simple loop, as it is completely closed and is perfect for heavier pendants and for creating links.
Trim the wire end to 3cm above the 1 last bead, then use a pair of chainnosed pliers to make a 90º bend a short
Hold the wire just above the bend Position the bottom jaw of your pliers 2 3 using round-nosed pliers, and wrap the into the curved wire and complete the end of the wire over the top jaw. curve to form a loop. Your wire end
distance above the bead.
Holding the loop flat using chainnosed pliers, grip the wire end using flat-nosed pliers and wind it around the stem to cover the gap between the loop and the bead.
should be back at the 90º angle.
Trim the end of the wire using cutters, and flatten it against the stem using flat-nosed pliers to squash any sharp edges.
Stringing materials, such as cord or ribbon, can be knotted and the knot covered with a clam calotte. Stiffer stringing materials, such as nylon beading wire, should be ﬁnished with a crimp, which can then be covered with a clam calotte.
USING CRIMP PLIERS
Position the crimp bead in the ridged 1 section of your pliers and squeeze to curl the crimp.
Position the crimp bead back in the 2 oval section of your pliers, ensuring it is sitting vertically, then squeeze gently to compress the crimp to a smooth, rounded shape.
Simply thread a calotte onto your stringing material, tie a knot or ﬁx a crimp at the end, then slide the calotte back up to the end and close the two halves for perfect concealment.
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From pins and clasps to rings and wire, if you’re new to jewellery making let us guide you through the essentials... ‘Findings’ is the word given to the group of core components needed to make jewellery. They are available in a variety of base and precious metals with a range of ﬁnishes; bronze and copper ﬁndings are now widely available, and make an interesting alternative to gold and silver. If you are speciﬁcally looking for hypo-allergenic ﬁndings, niobium and titanium components and wires are ideal and are available in a variety of colour ﬁnishes.
CLASPS Used to join the ends of a bracelet or necklace together, either manually or magnetically, clasps are available in a variety of designs. They can be simple wire components or highly decorative pieces that can be an integral part of jewellery design.
EYEPINS Instead of having a ﬂat or decorative head, eyepins have a looped ‘eye’ that enables other components to be attached directly to them.
JUMP RINGS These are simple wire loops that are used to connect different components. Standard jump rings can be opened and closed, and you can purchase jump rings that are soldered closed when added security is required.
THREAD Thread encompasses many different materials, both manmade and of natural origin, and should be chosen according to the beads in your design. Silk is perfect for threading pearls and semi-precious stones, while nylon is more suited to glass beads. You need to be able to tie a knot in the thread that is large enough to stop the beads coming off, so take this into consideration. Flat threading materials such as ribbon and suede lace are perfect for large-holed beads, and can be ﬁnished with coils or box calottes to secure the end to your clasp.
SPLIT RINGS Split rings are similar to jump rings, but with two rotations of wire. They are used when added security is required. Unlike closed jump rings, they can have components added to them in the same way that keys are attached to a key ring.
EAR WIRES Fish hooks are the standard ear wires used to create dangly earrings, but beaded designs can also be hung from ball and pin earrings, or even clip-on bases for non-pierced ears.
HEADPINS Similar to a standard sewing pin, headpins are commonly used to make dangly elements in a piece of jewellery. Standard headpins have a ﬂattened top, but common variations include ball pins and pins with decoratively beaded ends.
STRINGING MATERIALS: CHAIN There are many different chain designs made from several different metals – or modern polyester for a lightweight but chunky alternative. Use small lengths of chain in a design to link different components, or single links from a large open chain as part of a feature pendant.
WIRE Wire is sold by both length and weight, and is categorised by its gauge (the thickness of the wire). The following table describes the uses for the most common wire gauges. Gauge
Binding, knitting and weaving Threading small, delicate beads. Binding and twisting Wirework with crystals and medium beads Wire-wrapping large beads and creating wire components Bold, chunky wireworked designs
Coloured wires are usually copper with an enamel coating. Tigertail is a speciality twistedsteel beading wire with a nylon coating, while Soft Flex wire is similar but more ﬂexible and less prone to kinking. You can buy solid or plated silver and gold wire, and plated wire is often a good economical option (silver-plated wire won’t tarnish as quickly as solid silver). Memory wire, available in ring, bracelet and necklace sizes, is a stainless steel wire that never loses its shape. It is sold in coils that can be cut into individual rounds, strung with beads and ﬁnished with an end cap.
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TOOLS of the trade
Get to grips with your jewellery-making tool kit – we guide you through the essential contents and their applications for professional-looking results
Also known as snipe-nosed pliers, these have ﬂat jaws on the inside and rounded jaws on the outside and are designed for precision jobs such as creating wrapped loops.
Pliers with round jaws that taper to a point are used for forming loops and curves and are ideal for creating your own jump rings.
These pliers have ﬂat faces on both sides of the jaws and are used for gripping wire and jewellery components while you are working on them, and for bending and ﬂattening wire.
MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS
Although chain or ﬂat-nosed pliers will sufﬁce to ﬁx crimp beads, crimping pliers give a neat, professional ﬁnish. They are two-stage pliers, speciﬁcally designed to crush and fold crimp tubes to ﬁx the position of beads on stringing material and to secure the ends.
These pliers will handle cutting lengths of soft wire and trimming headpins and eyepins. The jaws are angled for a clean, ﬂush cut.
Memory wire cutters are essential if you want to use this sturdy wire for creating jewellery, as it will damage the jaws of regular wire cutters.
NYLON-JAW PLIERS Nylon-jaw pliers are identical to ﬂat-nosed pliers except that the jaws are moulded from plastic and are used to handle soft precious-metal wires and components that could be easily marked or dented.
WIRE-WORKING TOOLS If you are keen to create your own wire components, a chasing hammer and steel stake are essential for ﬂattening and workhardening (toughening) wire shapes. Chasing hammers are lightweight and easy to handle, and steel stakes on which to hammer your work have an ultra-smooth surface to eliminate the chance of marking your pieces.
BEADING TWEEZERS A pair of beading tweezers is handy for managing tiny seed beads and unpicking knots in stringing materials.
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